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How do you preserve symbology when categorizing a layer in arcmap?

Question asked by Bonner.Alexander_untgis on Aug 6, 2019
Latest reply on Oct 18, 2019 by Bonner.Alexander_untgis

I have a feature class of historical signs, and I want to make the legend list them all by number (which they are labeled by in the map), and the actual name of the specific marker. To do that I decided to categorize them by Unique values through the symbology properties, so that generating the legend would be easy. What I am envisioning is that the legend displays the symbol, with the number inside of it, and then the name next to it (for 23 different markers). 

 

The symbol I am using is a sort of bullseye design with 2 concentric circles, and it was arduous to make it once. My problem is that when I select the categorize by unique values option, ArcMap automatically sets each unique value (numbers 1-23) to a unique symbol, in this case a colored dot that is vastly different from my preferred symbol. Is there any way I can retain the original symbology, so that I do not have to go through ArcMap's hellish graphics menus 20+ times to set all these symbols up? Conversely, if I have explained my situation clearly enough, is there an easier way to generate the ideal legend I described in the first paragraph?

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