Setting layer properties

You control all aspects of a layer through the layer's properties. Some of the properties you can define include

The Layer Properties dialog box will be different for different types of geographic data. For example, defining the symbology of a feature class data source will be different from a raster dataset. Using the Layer Properties dialog box, you can set the layer's properties, such as its symbology. With a group layer, you can manage the properties that apply to the whole group. Open the layer properties for each individual layer within the group layer to edit the properties of each of its layers individually.

Layer properties

Here is a brief description of tabs in the Layer Properties dialog box for Feature layers:

  1. Right-click the layer in the table of contents and click Properties, or double-click the layer name to open the Layer Properties dialog box.
    The Layer Properties dialog box with tabs
  2. Click the tab containing the properties you want to modify.
  3. Click OK when you are finished.
When you create a layer file (.lyr), you can set layer properties in ArcCatalog by right-clicking it and clicking Properties.