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Creating Style Sheets

July 29 2008 | 1 comment

How can I create my own style sheet under the "symbols button" in the symbol selector that consists of point, line and polygons of my choosing? We are going (or want) to use about 10-15 symbols for our maps and we would like to have them in the same place for ease of access. Any help would be appreciated.

Mapping Center Answer:

An easy way to do this is to create a style from one of your existing maps using the Style Manager.

  1. Click the Tools menu, point to Styles, then click Export Map Styles.
  2. Navigate to where you want to save the new style.
    By default, the browser is set to your Styles folder.
  3. Type a style name.
  4. Click Save.

Once you have this new style created, you can edit out things you don’t want or add in new map elements or symbols.  The online help for styles is straightforward and comprehensive.   We also did a presentation on this at last year’s User Conference -- you can download it from our Mapping Center Other Resources page -- scroll down to find “Getting to Know Symbols and Styles in ArcGIS”.

Location of default styles posted by Charlie Frye on Jul 30 2008 8:50AM
In order to see your style in the symbol and element selectors, save it in your ArcGIS install folder: e.g., c:\program files\ArcGIS\styles.

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