How to Change Legend Patch Shape?

07-12-2016 11:02 AM
New Contributor II

I'm trying to edit my legend so that the patch shapes are circles instead of square -- is this not possible in Pro?

This is what I want it to look like:

13 Replies
MVP Frequent Contributor

At least from the ESRI Help, it appears that unfortunately this is not an option.  It looks like one can only do sizing of the current patch, not change its shape.

From the Help:

On the Design tab, you can set the default legend patch size. In the  Settings group, you can select or input a size for Patch Width and Patch Height.

Work with a legend—Layouts | ArcGIS for Desktop

Also, it appears a potential work-around of importing a different patch shape from an existing mxd set up in ArcGIS Desktop is also out:

Because the functionality of legends in ArcGIS Pro does not match the functionality available in ArcMap, legends will be converted to use settings available in ArcGIS Pro.

Import an existing legend—Layouts | ArcGIS for Desktop

Chris Donohue, GISP

New Contributor II

How long will it take to get this functionality up and running??  They want us to move forward with these new programs, why can't they at least be consistent in something I would think is so easy?  I want my stream on my map to look like a stream in the legend, not a straight line.  I hope this is updated soon!

Occasional Contributor III

- 5 years already (without a few days)     😞

New Contributor II

Hi Kirstyn! I had the same question a while back, and here's what ESRI told me: "The legend patch shape? That functionality is not available in Pro yet. The shape in the preview when you are editing symbols/symbology is only for that preview window in that pane and has not bearing on the legend."

(link to my thread with some additional info/discussion: How does one change the symbol patch in a legend? (Pro 1.2) )

Occasional Contributor III

Here's a clutter creating workaround: Create a dummy layer to be used only in the legend that is a copy of the legend item with the patch you want to change.  Use that layer in the legend, adjust its symbology width as desired and turn it off in your map but keep it in the legend.

New Contributor II

Yes, I would like this functionality from ArcMap available in ArcGIS Pro.  Esri, are you out there?  Also, I would like to be able to turn-off legend layer transparency.

Esri Contributor

Hi Eric Carlton (and everyone else) - This will be in our upcoming (2.3) release.

Feel free to watch the "What's New" video on YouTube for more information:

What's new in ArcGIS Pro 2.3 - YouTube 

by Anonymous User
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I've updated ArcGIS Pro to version 2.3.1. What is the process for changing legend patch shapes?

Esri Contributor

Hi Chris Schrader, follow the steps on this web help page, and let me know if you have further questions.