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Default font settings for map layout features

June 17 2008 | 1 comment
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Symbology

We would like to start making maps that use a different font other than Arial in our layout. Is there a way to set the default settings to use a different font other than arial for map layout elements?

Mapping Center Answer:

There isn't an explicit option to do what you're asking - ArcMap gets this system default from a Windows OS setting. You could create a template map document (.mxt), but that would only affect new graphic text elements that you create. It will not affect the default text symbol for labels, etc., so hence, it is really only half a solution.

If you want to create the template, start a new ArcMap session and before you choose Save As from the File menu, in the Draw toolbar's Drawing menu choose Default Symbol Properties and set the font for the default text symbol to your prefered font. When you Save As change the file type to template and save the template here:

C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\ESRI\ArcMap\Templates\

To take advantage of this template, you would start ArcMap, then from the File menu choose New, then choose your template and click OK.

Legends? posted by Heather Spates on Jun 23 2008 8:15AM
I tried the template solution described and I am running into a problem with my legend. My template already has some legend features that are using trebuchet MS. When I create a new map document with the new template and add a new layer to the legend it comes up as Arial by default. Is there a way to have it come up as Trebuchet MS by default without having to update each layers property?

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