Creating new styles

New styles are created from the Style References dialog box.

The Style References dialog box

  1. Open the Style References dialog box either by clicking the Style References button on the Symbol Selector dialog box or by clicking the Styles button on the Style Manager dialog box.
  2. On the Style References dialog box, click Create New Style.
  3. Navigate to the desired directory.
  4. Type the name for the new style you're creating.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click OK.

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.


By default, the style path is set to <install drive>:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Styles, which is the location where the styles that are installed with ArcGIS are stored. You can add your own styles to this location to make them easily available for searching, or you can reference them instead.

Alternatively, if you have a number of styles that you commonly use, you might want to point the Symbol Selector dialog box and symbol searching to a different style path instead. This will also change the list of styles that you see in the Style References dialog box. Manage the style path setting with the ArcMap Advanced Settings utility located at <install drive>:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Utilities.

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Published 6/7/2010