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How to keep symbology and labels sync'd between data frames?

Question asked by am95405 on Feb 23, 2017

ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop


I have an mxd file with nine different frames of essentially the same data (just displaying different layers in each map). These maps all include hospitals (as a point file). I'd like the symbology and labels to be linked between the frames, so if I update a master, the rest gets updated.


The files do share a symbology layer (I created one called hospital.lyr), but if I update it, I have to manually go into each frame and reload hospital.lyr. With nine frames, it gets time consuming.


Same thing for the label. I have defined a label style (myhospital), but if I update it, I have to go reload it for all the different frames.


Can I have these somehow linked, similar to how I can lock the scale/extent of various data frames to a master data frame?  Just to be clear, I'm not asking for the symbology to be linked to the layer. I want the symbologies to be linked between the data frames; same thing for the labels.