How To: Populate the SymbolSelector dialog
Note: This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 8.x and 9.x. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.
Instead of having default values and colors appear in the Symbol Selector dialog, you may want to populate the dialog with custom symbols, colors, and sizes.
Note: Support for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) for ArcMap and ArcCatalog ended with the ArcGIS 10.2.2 release, and Esri has not included VBA compatibility setups since version 10.5. See: ArcGIS Desktop and VBA Moving Forward
- Start ArcMap.
- Create a new UIButtonControl: How To: Create a new UIButtonControl
Note: For more information on creating a UIControl, see the ArcGIS Desktop Help topic: 'Creating custom commands with VBA and UI Controls'
- Right-click the UIButtonControl and select View Source.
- Copy this code into the UIButtonControl's click event.
Dim pSymbolSelector As ISymbolSelector Dim pMarkerIn As IMarkerSymbol Dim pMarkerOut As IMarkerSymbol Dim pSymbol As ISymbol Dim pColorIn As IRgbColor Dim pRGBColorOut As IRgbColor Set pMarkerIn = New CharacterMarkerSymbol Set pSymbolSelector = New SymbolSelector Set pColorIn = New RgbColor pColorIn.Red = 25 pColorIn.Green = 25 pColorIn.Blue = 150 pMarkerIn.Color = pColorIn pMarkerIn.Angle = 45 pMarkerIn.Size = 15 ' X and Y Offset values are not persisted. ' This is a known issue. ' pMarkerIn.XOffset = -5 ' pMarkerIn.YOffset = 2 pSymbolSelector.AddSymbol pMarkerIn If pSymbolSelector.SelectSymbol(0) Then ' The SymbolSelect Dialog popped up Set pSymbol = pSymbolSelector.GetSymbolAt(0) ' Capture the values set by the user Set pMarkerOut = pSymbol Set pRGBColorOut = pMarkerOut.Color Else MsgBox "User cancelled" End If
- Click the button to run the code.
Note: Values for the XOffset and YOffset propeties of the symbol object do not persist. This is a known issue.
Last Published: 7/31/2019
Article ID: 000005715