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Save symbols and style items in styles

Symbols and other style items can be saved for reuse in project resources called styles. Styles are databases that hold symbols, label placements, symbol primitives (such as colors and color schemes), and layout elements such as north arrows and scale bars.

ArcGIS Pro includes system styles that are authored by Esri. Some of these are part of every project by default. You can connect to other system styles to add them to your project at any time. System styles are read-only; you cannot save additional symbols or style items into them.

In addition to system styles, a project can contain any number of custom styles. You can connect to existing styles or create new ones. Custom styles are built by anyone and are editable by default. You can save symbols or other style items to any editable style in the project. You can manage the contents of a style from a Catalog view.

You can save point, line, or polygon symbols to styles as you are working with them in the Format Symbol pane. You can save text symbols and label placements to styles from the Label Class pane. Layout items such as north arrows and scale bars can be saved to a style from a layout.

Note:

Grids and graticules cannot be saved to styles at this time.

Save a point, line, or polygon symbol to a style

  1. Click a symbol in the Contents pane or in the Symbology pane to open the Format Symbol pane.
  2. In the Format Symbol pane, click the menu button Menu in the upper right corner and click Save Symbol to Style.
  3. On the Save Symbol As dialog box, provide the following:
    1. For Name, enter a descriptive name for the symbol.
    2. Optionally, for Category, use the pull-down menu to choose a category from the list of all categories present in the current project styles, type a new category, or leave it blank. Categories are used to search for or filter symbols in style galleries. Category is optional.
    3. Optionally, for Tags, type one or more descriptive tags separated by semicolons. Tags are optional. If you do not enter tags, a few will be automatically applied based on the graphic properties of the symbol.
    4. For Style, use the pull-down menu to choose an editable style that is connected in the project. You are limited to your Favorites style only if no editable styles are in the project. You can subsequently copy symbols from your Favorites style to another style in the catalog view. Learn about managing styles
    5. Optionally, for Key, enter a string to be used as the style item key. If you do not provide a key, one will be generated automatically. Keys are used for storing a unique identifier for style items in cases where unique item lookup is needed. Keys must be unique within the target style and cannot be empty.
  4. Click OK to save the symbol to the specified style.

Save a text symbol to a style

  1. Select a feature layer in the Contents pane.
  2. Under the Feature Layer contextual tab, on the Labeling tab, in the Text Symbol group, click Text Symbol Launcher to open the Label Class pane.
  3. Click the Symbol tab.
  4. On the Symbol tab, click the menu button Menu in the upper right corner of the pane and click Save symbol to style.
  5. On the Save Text Symbol As dialog box, provide the following:
    1. For Name, enter a descriptive name for the text symbol.
    2. Optionally, for Category, use the pull-down menu to choose a category from the list of all categories present in the current project styles, type a new category, or leave it blank. Categories are used to search for or filter symbols in style galleries. Category is optional.
    3. Optionally, for Tags, type one or more descriptive tags separated by semicolons. Tags are optional.
    4. For Style, use the pull-down menu to choose an editable style that is connected in the project. You are limited to your Favorites style only if no editable styles are in the project. You can subsequently copy text symbols from your Favorites style to another style in the catalog view. Learn about managing styles
    5. Optionally, for Key, enter a string to be used as the style item key. If you do not provide a key, one will be generated automatically. Keys are used for storing a unique identifier for style items in cases where unique item lookup is needed. Keys must be unique within the target style and cannot be empty.
  6. Click OK to save the text symbol to the specified style.

Save a label placement to a style

  1. Select a feature layer in the Contents pane.
  2. Under the Feature Layer contextual tab, on the Labeling tab, in the Label Placement group, click Label Placement Properties Launcher to open the Label Class pane.
  3. On the Position tab, click the menu button Menu in the upper right corner of the pane and click Save position to style.
  4. On the Save Label Placement As dialog box, provide the following:
    1. For Name, enter a descriptive name for the text symbol.
    2. Optionally, for Category, use the pull-down menu to choose a category from the list of all categories present in the current project styles, type a new category, or leave it blank. Categories are used to search for or filter symbols in style galleries. Category is optional.
    3. Optionally, for Tags, type one or more descriptive tags separated by semicolons. Tags are optional.
    4. For Style, use the pull-down menu to choose an editable style that is connected in the project. You are limited to your Favorites style only if no editable styles are in the project. You can subsequently copy text symbols from your Favorites style to another style in the catalog view. Learn about managing styles
    5. Optionally, for Key, enter a string to be used as the style item key. If you do not provide a key, one will be generated automatically. Keys are used for storing a unique identifier for style items in cases where unique item lookup is needed. Keys must be unique within the target style and cannot be empty.
  5. Click OK to save the text symbol into the specified style.

Save a layout item to a style

  1. In a layout, in the Contents pane or on the layout canvas, right-click a north arrow or a scale bar and click Save to Style Styles Folder.
  2. On the Save Label Placement As dialog box, provide the following:
    1. For Name, enter a descriptive name for the text symbol.
    2. Optionally, for Category, use the pull-down menu to choose a category from the list of all categories present in the current project styles, type a new category, or leave it blank. Categories are used to search for or filter symbols in style galleries. Category is optional.
    3. Optionally, for Tags, type one or more descriptive tags separated by semicolons. Tags are optional.
    4. For Style, use the pull-down menu to choose an editable style that is connected in the project. You are limited to your Favorites style only if no editable styles are in the project. You can subsequently copy text symbols from your Favorites style to another style in the catalog view. Learn about managing styles.
    5. Optionally, for Key, enter a string to be used as the style item key. If you do not provide a key, one will be generated automatically. Keys are used for storing a unique identifier for style items in cases where unique item lookup is needed. Keys must be unique within the target style and cannot be empty.

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