Managing style contents

The Style Manager dialog box lets you organize styles and their contents (symbols and map elements). You can cut, copy, paste, rename, and modify any style contents, and you can create new styles, symbols, and map elements.

To modify the contents of a style, open the Style Manager dialog box and click the style you want to work with. Highlight a style class within the style file and right-click to access commands to modify the contents.

The Style Manager dialog box
Use the Style Manager dialog box to manage the contents of styles.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to cut, copy, paste, and delete styles.

Your personal style is the default location for new symbols and style elements to be saved to. It is empty to begin with but can be used to organize your style contents. It will always be referenced by ArcMap.

  • On Windows XP, it is located at <install drive>:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcMap.
  • On Windows Vista and Windows 7, it is located at <install drive>:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcMap.


The styles provided by ESRI are read-only, indicated by a gray folder icon in the Style Manager dialog box. They are installed at <install drive>:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Styles. You can copy symbols and other style elements from them into writable styles to use as a starting point. Populated, writable styles have yellow folder icons; white folder icons indicate empty style folders.

Besides creating brand new symbols and map elements, you can also export the current styles used in your map to a new style. You can create and modify symbols and map elements as you design your map and save everything into a style. Exporting map styles allows you to save map elements and symbols from many styles into a single style.

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Published 6/7/2010