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

Last Published: April 25, 2020


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.


This is a known issue.


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.

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