Apply symbology to multiple datasets in ArcMap


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Steps to apply symbology to multiple datasets in ArcMap.


  1. In the Table of Contents right-click the data layer and select Properties.
  2. In the Layer Properties dialog, click the Symbology tab.

    [O-Image] Open ArcMap layer symbology dialog box
  3. Define the display characteristics for the data layer.
  4. Right-click the dataset, choose Save As Layer File, and exit ArcMap.

    Save As Layer File option on the Context menu after right-clicking a dataset in ArcMap's Table of Contents.
  5. In ArcCatalog, make a copy of the new layer file and rename it.
  6. Open ArcMap and add the renamed layer file.
  7. Right-click the layer, and select the Properties.
  8. In the the Properties dialog, Source tab, click the Set Data Source button.

    Image of Source tab of the Layer Properties dialog to show the Set Data Source button.
  9. In the Data Source dialog, navigate to the location of the dataset and click Add

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  • ArcMap 8 x

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