Importing symbology from another layer

You can import layer symbology in ArcMap by clicking the Import button on the Symbology tab of the Layer Properties dialog box.

Importing symbology from another layer

You can import symbology from three sources:

  1. Right-click the layer for which you want to import symbology in the ArcMap table of contents and click Properties to open the Layer Properties dialog box.
  2. Click the Symbology tab.
  3. Click the Import button.
  4. Select an option to import symbology—Import symbology definition from another layer in the map or from a layer file or Import symbology definition from an ArcView 3 legend file(*.avl).
  5. Specify where the symbology is being imported from. Choose the layer from the Layer drop-down list to import from another layer on your map or click the Browse button Open, then navigate to the layer file or legend file from which to import symbols.
  6. Optionally, and if enabled, you can choose to import the complete symbology definition, the symbols only, or the classification only.

  7. Click OK to close the Import Symbology dialog box.
  8. TipTip:

    • You can reuse any type of ArcGIS layer and symbology by copying a layer file, pasting it into your data frame, and changing the data source for the new layer. Also, remember to rename your new layer.
    • Certain symbology types cannot be imported, including

      • Raster symbology
      • Proportional symbols
      • Chart symbology
      • Dot density symbology
      • Quantity by Category symbology