How To: Create printable layouts of all the symbol palettes


Instructions provided are to produce a hardcopy of the current symbols loaded into the symbol palette using the symbol dump Avenue script, which is included with ArcView GIS.


  1. In ArcView, double-click the Scripts icon in the projects window.
    ArcView GIS Project Window

    [O-Image] Project Window with the scripts icon selected

  2. Once the New Scripts window appears, select the Open Text File button
    Open Text File

    [O-Image] Icon for openning a text file from the scripts window
    from the top button bar and navigate to the sample scripts directory:


    In this directory you will find a file named symdump.ave; double-click on the file to open it into the script window.
  3. Click the Compile button
    [O-Image] Script compile button
    and click the Run button
    [O-Image] Run compiled script button
    . The script will display a selection of symbol palettes from which to create a layout.
    Arcview Symbol Dump

    [O-Image] Symbol Dump Window

  4. Select a symbol type; click OK. The script will create as many 8.5 inch by 11 inch layouts as needed to display all items in the given palette. These layouts may then be printed.

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