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How To: Change the default symbolset

Procedure

Summary

This article shows how to change the default symbolsets (shadeset, lineset, markerset, and textset) for Arcedit(w), Arcplot(w), Route(w), Allocate(w), and Lineedit.

Procedure

The default symbolsets are set in the batch files that initialize the environment for the graphic programs. The lines that change the default symbolset can easily be changed. For example, lines 8-11 in Arcplot.bat define the default symbolsets this way -

ECHO %ARC%\SYMBOLS\PLOTTER.SHD >>%WKSP%FORT1
ECHO %ARC%\SYMBOLS\PLOTTER.LIN >>%WKSP%FORT1
ECHO %ARC%\SYMBOLS\COLOR.MRK >>%WKSP%FORT1
ECHO %ARC%\SYMBOLS\PLOTTER.TXT

Note that the default shadeset, lineset, and textset are set to plotter in Arclot, while the default markerset is set to color. The default markerset is different than that stated in the current documentation (9-96).

Arcplotw uses the same default symbolsets, except it defines the shadeset as COLOR255.

ECHO %ARC%\SYMBOLS\COLOR255.SHD >>%WKSP%FORT1 

If you wanted to change the default shadeset to COLOR100, you would change it the same way.

ECHO %ARC%\SYMBOLS\COLOR100.SHD >>%WKSP%FORT1 

Each default shadesets can be changed in every graphic module that uses them.

These are the line numbers in the PTOOL batch files that set the symbolsets in PC ARC/INFO 3.5.

Arcplot and Arcplotw -- lines 8-11
Arcedit and Arceditw -- lines 15-17
Route and Routew -- lines 8-10
Allocate and Allocatew -- lines 8-10
Lineedit -- line 4