Style options

Data layers in a map are configurable and customizable. ArcGIS for Microsoft 365 includes style tools and visual enhancements you can use to illustrate your location data. Each style decision you make helps you provide insight or add clarity to the data.

Use the ArcGIS for Microsoft 365 style tools to show how the data evolves over time, highlight specific data characteristics, compare and contrast different values, use visual techniques such as heat maps to highlight overlapping data values, cluster large groups of data for manageability, use labels to describe the data, or combine multiple style tools to create spatial context for the data that is unique.

Use the following options to style data:

  • Use the smart map styles library or quick reference questions to determine how to best illustrate different aspects of the data.
  • Set a classification method that groups the data categories logically, such as ranked by performance percentages, equally divided into intervals, or comparing an attribute to its category mean value.
  • Customize the map's symbol, font, and other style settings. You can set values for colors and line weights, and change point symbology. For example, select a unique symbol to visually represent the data, such as a tree icon to show the location of different tree species.
  • Use visually complementary color ramps or fine-tune the area of influence style for a heat map.
  • Enable clustering to group features that are within a specified distance of one another on a map into a single symbol. As the map viewer zooms out, clustering settings can resolve back into individual point symbols.
  • Style labels that describe the features in a data layer and make them more noticeable on the map.