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Displaying in another order than in the toc

April 15 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Elements

I'm creating several map documents for use in an web-based GIS. The layers are ordered thematically, e.g. all cadastral layers (points, labels, polygons) are in one group layer, some environmental (mostly polygonal) themes are stored in another group layer.

How can I display all labels and all symbols on top of the map, the polygonal themes below them and some raster data at bottom of the map?

I think, in an older version of ArcMap there was such a possibility - I'm now using ArcGIS 9.3.1.

Thanks for your help!

Mapping Center Answer:

To make the legend, you would add all the layers that you want included in the legend to one data frame, then you would add the legend for the data frame.  You can certainly change the appearance of the legend items. On the Items tab for the Legend Properties, you can customize individual legend items, change text symbology, and adjust the legend behavior in relation to what's happening with the map. To reorder one or more items in the legend, select them in the list and click the buttons for moving them up or down or to the top or bottom.

We have written a couple of blog entries on legends. Check out:

Tips for Legend Design

Cartographic Design: Legends

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