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Finding the Name of a Symbol

October 26 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: Symbology

I recently had to edit an older map that originally came from a co-worker. Information in one layer had been updated, and I needed to update the legend. The symbol for the polygon was not one I normally use, but I needed it to be the same symbol, and I realized I could not find the name of the patch pattern so that I could search for it in the Symbol Selector. All I could find was that it was a Picture Fill Symbol. Is there a way to get the name of the pattern from an existing symbology set in a situation like this?

Alternatively, is there an easier way to switch out one value for another in the symbology than using Add Values and removing the out of date entry?

Mapping Center Answer:

There is no search for a picture symbol file enabled in ArcGIS 10. You will need to search for the file with its extension (either *.bmp or *.emf) on your system. If you can, see if your co-worker has the original file on their system and you can then copy it to yours and use it that way.

To see what is installed on your system for the picture files navigate to the system location: Usually the C drive\Program FIles\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Styles\Pictures.

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