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Manage styles

Projects contain connections to styles, which are collections of reusable items such as symbols and other assets that appear on maps, scenes, and layouts.

Learn about styles and how to connect to a style.

Styles

Styles contain different types of items. Each type of item belongs to a style item class. The available style items are as follows:

Explore a style

To help you organize and search for styles, each style has a description and a set of tags along with its name. This information is listed on the Description panel of the style, when viewed in a catalog view. To view the number of different style items contained within a style, open the Properties panel for a style. Empty style item classes are not listed in the Properties panel.

  1. Make a catalog view active. If a catalog view is not open in your project, on the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog View Catalog View.
  2. Click the Styles heading in the Contents pane.

    The catalog view lists tiles of all the project styles.

  3. Click a style Style file (*.stylx).
  4. Open the Details panel if it is not already open.

    On the Home tab, in the Options group, check the Show Details Panel check box.

  5. In the Details panel, click the Properties tab.

    A listing appears showing all the classes in the style that contain style class items, along with counts.

  6. In the Details panel, click the Description tab.

    The name, status, description, and tags are listed for the style.

  7. To make changes, type or modify the description or the tags of the style and click Apply.

    You cannot change the description and tags of read-only project styles.

Caution:

You can select multiple styles at once. If their descriptions or tags are not identical, a message appears informing you that multiple values are present. You can type a new description for the selected styles, but be aware that any existing descriptions or tags for those styles are overwritten.

Upgrade a style

The underlying structure of symbols and other styles may change with successive releases of ArcGIS Pro. That means that styles created on earlier versions may not be current. Styles that are not current can still be used in a project. You can see their items in galleries, and select to use them. The styles are read-only until they are upgraded to the current version. You cannot add, delete, or modify contents of a style until you upgrade it. You may experience a minor drop in performance using non-current styles as well.

  1. Open or switch to a catalog view if one is not active.

    On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog View Catalog View to open a view.

  2. Click the Styles heading in the Contents pane.

    The catalog view lists tiles of all the project styles.

  3. Click a style Style file (*.stylx).
  4. Open the Details panel if it is not already open.

    On the Home tab, in the Options group, check the Show Details Panel check box.

  5. In the Details panel, click the Description tab.

    The name, status, description, and tags are listed for the style.

  6. If the status indicates that the style is read-only because it was made with an earlier version of ArcGIS Pro, click Upgrade to upgrade the style. You can also upgrade a style by right-clicking it in the Catalog pane and clicking Upgrade.

Unsupported styles

If the status indicates that the style is not supported, it is because the style was created in or upgraded by a newer version of ArcGIS Pro, or the style is somehow corrupt. Check the path where the style is located; a copy of the style for the correct version may have been generated. Add that version instead.

Style classes

Display the contents of a style class

You can see the items of each style class in a style in a catalog view.

  1. Open or switch to a catalog view, if one is not active.

    On the View tab, in the Windows group and click Catalog View Catalog View to open a view.

  2. Click the Styles folder Styles Folder in the Contents pane.
  3. Double-click one of the project styles to open the style.
  4. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Show drop-down arrow to choose which style class to display.

    Only populated style classes appear in this list.

Tip:
  • You can choose between a tile view or column view when style item names are long. On the Home tab, in the Options group, click the Display Type drop-down arrow List View. Choose Columns List View or Tiles Icon View.
  • You can sort the view of style class items. If you are viewing style class items in Columns, click the column headers. To revert to the default sort, on the Home tab in the Options group click Default Sort. If you are viewing style class items in Tiles, on the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Sort drop-down arrow. Choose By ID Sort by ID or By Name Sort by Name.
  • You can investigate style items by viewing the Preview pane. On the Home tab, in the Options group, check the Show Details Panel check box to open the panel, and click the Preview tab.

Style items

Style items are individual items—such as one symbol or one scale bar—stored within a style class in a style.

Create new style items

You can create new style items in project styles, and in your Favorites style, as long as the style is editable. The system styles installed with the software are read-only. Your Favorites style is always editable. Only symbols, label placements, colors, and color schemes can be created directly in a style.

Learn how to connect to or create styles

  1. Open or switch to a catalog view if one is not active.

    On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog View Catalog View to open a view.

  2. Click the Styles heading in the Contents pane.

    The catalog view lists tiles of all the project styles.

  3. Click any editable project style Style file (*.stylx).
  4. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the New Item drop-down arrow to choose the type of style item to create.

    A new style item with default properties is created in the corresponding style class.

Copy and paste style items

Although the system styles are read-only, you can copy items from them to your Favorites style Favorite Style or to any other editable project style. You can then modify these copied items and use them in your project.

  1. Open or switch to a catalog view if one is not active.

    On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog View Catalog View to open a view.

  2. Click the Styles heading in the Contents pane.

    The catalog view lists tiles of all the project styles.

  3. Double-click a style Style file (*.stylx) to open one of its style classes.

    On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Show drop-down menu to choose which style class to display.

  4. Select a style item.
  5. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy Copy.
  6. In the catalog view, browse to an editable project style Style file (*.stylx).
  7. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste Paste.

    The style class item is added to the appropriate style class in the style. You can now modify it as necessary.

Tip:

  • You can copy a style class item directly to your Favorites style Favorite Style. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Add to Favorites Favorite.
  • You can copy a style class item directly to any other editable project style. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Save to Style Save to Style.

Modify style items

Style items have inherent properties that determine how they look. These are graphical properties, such as size and color. Style items also include descriptive information that makes them easier to organize and find in a search.

Modify style item properties

The appearance and behavior of a style item is determined by its inherent graphical properties. You can only modify the properties of style items in editable project styles.

  1. Open or switch to a catalog view if one is not active.

    On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog View Catalog View to open a view.

  2. Click the Styles heading in the Contents pane.

    The catalog view lists tiles of all the project styles.

  3. Double-click a style to open one of its style classes.

    On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Show drop-down menu to choose which style class to display.

  4. Select a style item.
  5. Open the Details panel if it is not already open.

    On the Home tab, in the Options group, check the Show Details Panel check box.

  6. In the Details panel, click the Properties tab.
  7. Edit the style item and click Apply.

    You cannot change the description of style items in read-only project styles.

Note:

  • When multiple symbols are selected, you can only modify their basic properties. Select symbols one at a time to access all symbol properties.
  • The properties of north arrows and scale bars cannot be edited from within a style in a catalog view.

Modify style item description

Description information of a style item includes a name, a category, and tags. These can be modified for any style item in an editable project style.

  1. Open or switch to a catalog view if one is not active.

    On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog View Catalog View to open a view.

  2. Click the Styles heading in the Contents pane.

    The catalog view lists tiles of all the project styles.

  3. Double-click a styleFavorite Style to open one of its style classes.

    On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Show drop-down menu to choose which style class to display.

  4. Select a style item.
  5. Open the Details panel if it is not already open.

    On the Home tab, in the Options group, check the Show Details Panel check box.

  6. In the Details panel, click the Description tab.

    The name, category, tags, and key are listed for the style.

  7. Edit as necessary and click Apply.

    You cannot change the description of read-only project styles.

Caution:

If multiple style items are selected, the changes you make on the Description tab apply to all style items selected, possibly overwriting other information.

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