Requested operation could not be completed

Last Published: February 21, 2023

Error Message

In ArcGIS Pro, attempts to apply, change, rename, or reorder symbology in the Symbology pane may fail, and return the following generic error message:

Requested operation could not be completed.
The error message in the Symbology pane,

Although this message seems generic, it only occurs in the Symbology pane, and is specific to ArcGIS Pro symbology workflows.


There is a variety of situations that may cause this issue, among these are:

  • Edits made on the feature classes are not saved properly before applying symbology.
  • Feature classes are stored in an enterprise geodatabase instead of a file geodatabase.
  • There are null values in the field.
  • Symbology is applied to feature layers with a temporary join.
  • Using the earlier version of ArcGIS Pro.

Solution or Workaround

The simplest solution is to close and re-open the Symbology pane. However if this does not resolve the issue, use one of the options described below, depending on the cause.

If the issue persists, contact Esri Technical Support.

Article ID:000029255

  • ArcGIS Pro 2 x
  • ArcGIS Pro 3 0

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