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Show a polyline shapefile with symbology

January 18 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: Symbology

I want to show a shapefile of polylines with one color when zoomed out at a large scale and different colors when I zoom in, is this possible?

Mapping Center Answer:

You will need two copies of your layer in the table of contents.  Then use a scale range to set the map scales at which each layer is visible.  Here is the link to the online help topic for this subject: Displaying layers at certain scales.

In addition, here is a blog entry we wrote that discusses this topic in relation to multi-scale map compilation: Working with layers and scale ranges.

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