Exporting ArcGIS styles

Styles are a collection of predefined colors, symbols, properties of symbols, and map elements that allow you to follow a mapping standard and help promote consistency in your organization's mapping products.

Styles help to define not only how data is drawn, but also the appearance and placement of map elements and other cartographic additions on your map. Styles provide storage for your colors, map elements, symbols, and properties of symbols. Every time you choose and apply a particular map element or symbol, you are using the contents of a style.

The ArcPad Data Manager includes a tool for exporting ArcGIS styles into ArcPad style files. This enables ArcPad users to have access to the same styles as in ArcGIS Desktop. The Esri style is automatically installed with ArcPad. Consequently, you only need to export ArcGIS styles if you use styles other than the Esri style.

  1. Click ArcPad Data Manager to display the drop-down list. Export Referenced Styles for ArcPad
  2. Click Export Referenced Style(s) for ArcPad. The Save Styles As dialog box is displayed.
  3. Use the Save in drop-down list to select the folder in which to save the ArcPad style file. For use in ArcPad on this PC, you should save your custom ArcPad style files in the \Users\Public\Documents\ArcPad\Styles folder. The default Esri style file is installed with ArcPad and is located in \Program Files\ArcGIS\ArcPad10.0\Styles. Save Styles As dialog box
  4. Type the name of the new ArcPad style file.
  5. Click Save. The Export Complete message box is displayed when the export is complete. Styles have been exported
  6. Click OK.
  7. If you wish to use this ArcPad style file on a Windows or Windows Mobile field device, copy it to \Users\Public\Documents\ArcPad\Styles (for Windows) or \Program Files\ArcPad\Styles (for Windows Mobile).