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Using ArcGIS, is there a way for the legend, to only show the subitems that are displayed on the map?

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Did you try converting the legend into graphics? After converting into graphics you can manually delete the items in legend that you do not need. I hope that helps. Thanks. –  Raj Jan 6 '11 at 13:45
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@Raj - Oh no, I don't plan on doing that maintaining the maps will be pain –  dassouki Jan 6 '11 at 14:14
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The linked question is another question that has been answered. So ask a new question describing your problem in detail. –  MathiasWestin Jul 24 '11 at 17:11
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The old question is tagged arcgis 9.3, so you should be OK asking a new question and tagging for ArcGIS 10. Also, the linked question is an answer and you are asking a troubleshooting question for legend limiter. –  Jay Cummins Jul 24 '11 at 18:40
    
Also, troubleshooting questions can take some time to get traction and you should work to try and keep the question body organized with new information so that it's easy to follow. Or else other users will look it and move along to the next question. –  Jay Cummins Jul 24 '11 at 18:44
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Legend Limiter

The Legend Limiter only works on layers that use "unique value categories" to define symbology. This style of legend can be set up in the Symbology tab of the Layer Properties dialog. Legend Limiter will not limit the symbology of layers set up with single symbol symbology.

http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=16097

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That is the closest to what I need, In essence, I have to convert all my symbology to unique value –  dassouki Jan 6 '11 at 15:44
    
@ Mapperz - there's a fix for ArcGIS 10 here: forums.arcgis.com/threads/24968-Legend-Limiter-in-Arc-10 –  Dano Jul 23 '11 at 15:04
    
@ Mapperz (or anyone) - I downloaded the necessary files fo Legend Limiter at the link I posted above. When trying to install, I received an error message, which I googled. I get the impression that there's no patch in existence making this add-on compatible with both ArcGIS 10 and Windows 7. On this thread, should I start a new question related to this topic? Or .... is anyone aware of a patch meeting both parameters (Arc 10 & Windows 7)/ –  Dano Jul 24 '11 at 16:02
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Run in Windows compability mode on Windows 7. –  Mapperz Jul 25 '11 at 4:00
    
Worked Mapperz - thank you & +1 –  Dano Jul 25 '11 at 13:55
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in the legend properties, you can define which layers appear on the legend

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That's true, but if let's say in your legend you have a road layer, and in that road layer, you have collectors, arterials, freeways all styled perfectly. If the map in the data frame contains no freeways, then the legend should not display freeway (a sub style of Roads) in the legend –  dassouki Jan 6 '11 at 15:58
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