Maintaining consistent symbology and classification breaks between layers

Discussion created by pfroemke on Apr 2, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 20, 2011 by pfroemke
I am trying to produce about 30 different map jpgs. I'd like the symbology and classification breaks to be identical in all the maps. My underlying dataset for all map layers is a shapefile with 30 fields. I tried setting all the symbology and manual classifications (I wanted the breaks and labels at 10, 20, 50, 75, and 101 no matter what the data were) in a layer, saving it as a lyr file and then copying it and changing the value field. As soon as I change the field, the symbol colors, labels, and classification breaks change as well. I've tried looking for a setting that prevents this but haven't found anything yet. I refuse to believe that a basic, simple task such as this is not possible and that I would have to reclassify the same breaks, set the same colors, and re-type the same labels 30 times! I was thinking that I have successfully copied layers like this before, but possibly with an older version (I have 9.3 now).

Thank you!