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The 'No color' selection switches to gray after editing the color ramp for a gradient fill symbol style.

Last Published: June 18, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000088181
SubmittedJune 8, 2015
Last ModifiedNovember 24, 2020
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.2.2
StatusKnown Limit


No, it is not possible to use No color in the ArcMap color ramp. Selecting No color in the Edit Color Ramp dialog box switches the color to gray once OK is clicked.

This is the Edit Color Ramp dialog box.

The image below shows counties in China symbolized based on the 2016 Population field. The color ramp is set to dark blue at one end (high-populated counties) and No color at the other (low-populated counties). However, the low-populated counties are symbolized in gray instead of No color (transparent).

This is the image when the No Color selection is used in ArcMap.

As a workaround, style the features with a color ramp using No color in ArcGIS Pro.
  1. In ArcGIS Pro, navigate to the Contents pane and right-click the layer to symbolize.
  2. Click Symbology to open the Symbology pane.
  3. In the Primary Symbology tab, select either the Graduated Colors or Unclassed Colors option from the drop-down list.

    This is the Primary symbology tab.
  4. Click the Color scheme drop-down list and select Format color scheme.

    This is the Color Scheme drop-down menu.
  5. In the Color Scheme Editor dialog box, select a color stop. Click the Color drop-down list and select No color > OK.

    This is the Color Scheme Editor dialog box.

    The image below shows counties in China symbolized based on the 2016 Population field. Low-populated counties are represented by No color (transparent) polygons.

    This is the image with No color option selected.

Additional Information

'No color' is not supported for color ramps in the drawing engine used in ArcMap.


If ArcGIS for Pro is available, follow the steps below: 1. Right-click the layer, and select Symbology. This opens the Symbology pane on the right side. 2. Click the box under the current symbol. Select Properties, and select Layers. 3. Next to the polygon symbol, select Gradient Fill, and double-click the polygon. There are two polygons equivalent to 'color 1' and 'color 2' in ArcMap. Change the 'color 2' to 'No color'. In the Pattern group, there are options to change the direction of the gradient (Buffered, Linear etc). The symbol becomes hollow or see through.

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000088181


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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