I would like to transfer the symbology from my ArcGIS online maps to desktop. Each time I download it reverts to default.

Does anyone know of a way to do this, or perhaps there is a symbology package I need to download?

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First select "Open in ArcGIS Desktop": enter image description here

Once open on your desktop select the layer you want to export: enter image description here

Once you have exported the data open its properties and choose to import symbology from the layer you just exported: enter image description here

You should now have the layer symbolized as it was in the web map, if you already have the data saved locally you can skip step two and just import the symbology. Also as Chris W pointed out in the comments you could also just save as layer file and use that to load the symbology.

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    @myfamily If you're just wanting to save the symbology, that would be done with Save As Layer File as shown in the second image just below the highlighted 'Data'. Doing so would create a lyr file you could load the symbology from locally rather than having to add the online layer each time in order to import the symbology from it.
    – Chris W
    Nov 21, 2014 at 20:29
  • Agreed I'll add that to the answer. Nov 21, 2014 at 20:31

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