Overview of Styling Features
Concept Procedure

To create a map with styled feature layers

  1. In the Display Manager, click DataNew Map.
  2. In the Current Map box, enter a name for the new display map.
  3. Assign a coordinate system to the map.
  4. Connect to the features you want and add them to the current display map. Attach drawings and query in the drawing objects you want.
  5. Define the scale ranges.
  6. Click a layer in Display Manager and click Style to display the Style Editor.

    If the feature layer you are styling contains multiple geometry types, each one has its own Style Editor section.

  7. Specify a point, line, or polygon style or define a theme.
  8. Optionally:
    • Change the display order of layers. Layers at the top of the list appear on top of other layers.
    • Display or hide a geometry in Display Manager. Select or clear the box labeled Show In Layer List for that geometry.

      Only the displayed geometries appear in Display Manager and in any legend you insert.

    • Create a legend.
To do this... Use this method... Description
Show or hide the Display Manager In the Tool-based Ribbon Workspace, click View tab Palettes panel Map Task Pane. In the Task Pane, click Display Manager. Use the Display Manager to style features and drawing objects in your maps, and to adjust the draw order.
Create a feature layer. Add a feature to the map using Data Connect. When you connect to a feature from your map, you add the objects in that feature to a Display Manager layer. Each layer can have its own style.
Include only objects that match certain criteria. Use the Add To Map With Query option to filter the data from the feature source. Add a subset of objects from a feature source to a Display Manager layer.
Create a style. Use the Style Editor. Options vary, depending on whether you are styling points, lines, or polygons.
Create a theme. Use the Style Editor. A theme varies the style based on data associated with the object.
Change the style as you zoom in or out. Use scale ranges. You can define multiple styles and assign each one to a different scale range.
Label individual features. Include labels as part of a style and assign a property for the labels. For each feature, the property you assign for the style appears at the scale ranges you specify.
Change the display order of layers. Use Display Manager to change the Draw Order. Layers are drawn from the bottom up. Objects in the layer at the top of the Display Manager are drawn last and appear on top of other objects.
Hide layers or styles. Check the boxes in the Display Manager for the layers or styles to show. If a layer is hidden, objects from that layer are hidden. When a style is hidden, drawing objects are displayed without styles.
Add a legend. Use the Display Manager to include and style the legend. The legend lists the styles used in the map.