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Monday, October 24, 2005

Custom Legend Patch Shape

Want to make your own custom legend patches in ARCMAP to match polygon or linear features? Here’s how…


From the Customize menu select the COMMANDS tab. Select the Page Layout Category and choose the New Legend Patch Shape. Drag the tool to your favourite toolbar.

Click the New Legend Patch Shape button. The New Legend Patch menu will appear. Select Area or Line. Select the layer to use in Patch Shape and whether the features to create the patch will be all, visible or the selected features. Click Create Patch> Click Add to Styleset and specify a name for the new patch. Click OK.

Now that you’ve created your new patch it will available for you to use via the Legend Wizard patch selector. Enjoy!


  • At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great Site!

    The layer I wanted to create a
    patch for was buried in a group
    of layers, so didn't show up in
    the layer list in New Legend Patch.

    Needed to move it out of the group.


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