Change the style settings


You need the following account and license types to use this workflow:

  • Microsoft license—You need a Microsoft 365 license, role Contributor or higher, to apply a style to data.
  • ArcGIS account type—Standard users can perform the functions of this workflow; you do not need to sign in.

You can change symbol, color, and other style settings for a map.

See Data styles to learn about data style options and Smart map styles to learn about smart map cards.

The available style setting options depend on the smart map style selected and the type of data features in the map layer (point, line, or polygon).

To change a map's style settings, complete the following steps:

  1. Follow the steps in the Apply a style workflow for your component:
  2. Choose a smart map style.
  3. Hover over the style card and click Style options Style options to customize the look of the layer.

    The style options appear.

  4. Expand Symbology and click Advanced options.

    Advanced options for shape, fill, and outline appear.


    To change the shape, fill, or outline of a Types (unique symbols) item, expand the Unique values section and click the color chip next to a list item to open the Edit symbol pane.

  5. Change the style options by doing any of the following:
    • To change the Shape value, if the layer contains point features, choose a symbol set from the Symbols drop-down menu.
      • To use a basic shape, such as a circle or square, choose the shape from the Basic symbol set and, optionally, adjust the shape's size, fill, and outline.
      • To use an icon from one of the symbol sets, choose a category from the drop-down menu, click the icon, and adjust its size as needed.
    • To adjust the Fill value, choose a color from the color picker or specify a custom color using RGB or hexadecimal values. Optionally, use the Fill transparency slider to apply transparency to the fill.

      To hide the fill, turn off the Enable fill toggle button.

    • To adjust the Outline value, do any of the following:
      • Under Outline, choose a color or specify a custom color using RGB or hexadecimal values. Optionally, use the Outline width and Outline transparency sliders to change the width and apply transparency to the outline.

        To hide the outline, turn off the Enable outline toggle button. This toggle button is not available when styling line features.

      • For line and polygon features, you can choose an outline pattern from the Outline pattern drop-down menu.

    If you are editing a Types (unique symbols) item, click OK to save your changes for the shape, fill, or outline and close the Edit symbol pane.

  6. For smart map styles that include a color ramp—for example heat maps and counts and amounts (color)—do any of the following:
    • Expand Color ramps and choose a ramp. You can choose from several collections of color ramps, including ramps that are optimized for color vision deficiency or best for dark backgrounds. You can also click Reverse color ramp Reverse color ramp to change the sequence of colors in the ramp.

      Hover over a color ramp to see its name.

    • When using a counts and amounts (color) smart map style, turn off classification to change the scheme used to render the symbols by numeric value. In the Color ramps category, choose a theme from the Theme drop-down menu:
      • High to low—Show the range of values from high to low using a color ramp ranging from dark to light.
      • Above and below—Show values above and below a value, such as zero or the average.
      • Centered on—Center on and highlight a particular range of values.
      • Extremes—Highlight the extreme values.
    • When using a heat map smart map style, in the Area of influence category, use the slider to adjust the appearance of the heat map. Drag the top handle down to make clusters smaller and more distinct; drag the bottom handle up to make the clusters larger and smoother. Use the Blur radius slider to increase or decrease the blur radius or type a value in the text box.
    • ArcGIS for Power BI users can drag a numeric value into the Size field well to better define heat map properties.
  7. Click the Back button Back to close the pane and view the Layers list.