Style Points dialog box (enhanced)


Use this dialog box to specify symbols to represent and display point features. Styles you apply from this dialog box cannot be edited in previous versions of AutoCAD Map 3D. To use standard label styles instead of enhanced label styles, use the sytem variable MAPSTYLE. See Using Enhanced and Standard Styles.


Styling Point Features

Allowing Labels to Obscure Points

Displaying Fixed Labels at Point Locations


In Display Manager, right-click a feature layer Edit Style.


This functionality applies only to features. To style drawing objects, see Creating a Style.

Size Context
Select Device to specify label widths and heights in screen units. Available units are Points, Inches, Millimeters, or Centimeters. Select Map to specify label widths and heights in Mapping Coordinate System (MCS) units. Available units are Inches, Feet, Yards, Miles, Millimeters, Centimeters, Meters, and Kilometers.

The Size Context and Unit settings apply to all items in the dialog box, not only to selected items.

Select the type of units of measurement to use.
NoteUnits are not part of the style, and are not permanently associated with the style. Every time you display this dialog box, it converts your settings to the current units.
Click Add Symbol to add elements to the style. Symbol elements can include both text and graphics. You can include multiple symbol elements in a single style.

For compound symbols, click + to see the simple symbols that comprise it. You can format each simple symbol. You can reposition compound symbols, but not the simple symbols within them. Once you create a compound symbol, you cannot change it back into a set of simple symbols. You must remove it and add the individual symbols again.

The graphical area shows the elements and the z-order in which they will appear. Elements at the bottom of this area are at the bottom of the z-order. Select an element in the graphical area to change its position, appearance, and content. Use the arrow keys to change the z-order position of the selected item. To delete an item, select it and click X.

Symbol Settings
When a symbol element is selected, use the style options below the graphical area to specify the graphical symbol to use and its fill, outline style, line color, size, and rotation. If the symbol graphic includes text, text styling options are also available. You can specify whether to maintain the aspect ratio when changing the height or width of symbols.

You can import blocks in DWG files as symbols. You can also use symbols contained in layer files (*.layer) or symbol files (*.xml). To load such symbols, scroll to the bottom of the Select Symbol list and click Load. When you select a symbol loaded from a DWG, .layer or .xml file, you can do either of the following:

  • Include the symbol as a copy: This embeds the symbol within the style information of the layer. Any change you make to the symbol (for example, changing the insertion point) affects the symbol.
  • Include the symbol as a reference: This adds a pointer to the symbol. You cannot modify properties (such as the insertion point), because more than one layer can reference the same symbol.
NoteYou can use an expression to specify most styling options. If you use an expression to specify width or height, and then change a related parameter (such as Units), a scaling factor is included in the expression. This scaling value converts your expression to a value that can be used as width or height. The factor is calculated and inserted automatically. Do not change or delete it in the expression.


Insertion Offset
Specify how the symbol will be inserted relative to other features. This setting is applied after is scaled and rotated.
NoteEvery symbol has a defined width, but its repeat interval may not be included in the symbol definition. When the repeat interval is equal to or smaller than the symbol width, there will be no gaps between symbols--the symbol displays as a continuous line unless the symbol itself contains gaps. When you specify the symbol width first, and no repeat interval is defined, the ratio is 1:1. If you then modify the repeat interval, the symbol width is unchanged and the new repeat interval creates a new ratio between width and interval. To go back to the original ratio, re-add the same symbol.