ArcPad displays icons together with layer names to make it easier to differentiate between layers. Display of layer icons can be seen throughout the ArcPad user interface, including in the Table of Contents dialog box, Add Layers dialog box, and in the Start/Stop Editing tool.
ArcPad supports two different types of layer icons: standard and custom icons.
ArcPad uses the following standard icons for each layer type:
Point shapefile or ArcPad AXF layer with no layer definition file (.APL)
Point shapefile or AXF layer which has an associated layer definition file. The layer definition file can include any form of customization, such as custom forms or custom symbology.
Polyline shapefile or AXF layer with no layer definition file.
Polyline shapefile or AXF layer which has an associated layer definition file.
Polygon shapefile or AXF layer with no layer definition file.
Polygon shapefile or AXF layer which has an associated layer definition file.
Multi-feature layer, such as a graphics layer.
To associate a custom layer icon with a shapefile, place any standard 16x16 pixel Windows Icon file (.ICO) in the same folder as the shapefile it is to be associated with, and then rename the icon file with the same prefix as the shapefile. For example, to associate an icon such as with a shapefile called roads.shp, rename the icon file to roads.ico.
To associate an icon with an AXF layer, right mouse click on the Feature Layer (in ArcPad Studio) and choose ‘Set Layer Icon’. Browse to the icon file and click Open.
These custom icons will then be used by ArcPad instead of the standard layer icons.
There are many sources of icon files on the internet or you can create your own. ArcPad includes a variety of icons under the Samples folder located in the ArcPad installation folder.