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Bug: Zooming into a small scale causes BMP and EMF marker fill symbology to disappear

Description

ArcMap allows the use of BMP and EMF graphic file formats as fill for picture marker symbols. However, after zooming in to a small map area to a scale of, for example, 1:326 or more, the picture marker fill may disappear.

Cause

This is a known issue.

Workaround

Use one of the following workarounds:

ArcGIS Desktop 10 workaround
▪ Add the layer to a basemap layer as the symbology will not disappear when zooming in.

ArcGIS Desktop previous versions workarounds
▪ Use a character marker fill, instead of a picture marker fill.

▪ Convert the symbology to a representation.
See the link for the ArcGIS Desktop help topic 'Managing feature class representations' in the Related Information section below for more information.

▪ Set the map scale to a smaller scale to display a larger area of the map.

Related Information