I am working in ArcMap 10.4. I have one feature that has two unique values, one is "simple fill" blue the other value is "10% simple hatch". I need to show the 2 values in the map but would like to only show the solid hatch in the legend. I know I could separate the feature and then just remove one from the legend.

Is there another way?

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AFAIK legends act on the layer level, not the symbol class level (other than using view extent option to show classes). You are right, you can copy/paste the layer and leave the new one out of the legend. Or you can convert the legend to graphics and delete the legend elements manually.

  • I have never converted a legend to a graphic but that does sound like it might work. Due to time constraints I went ahead and separated the two symbols into two features and just removed one from the legend. Thank you for your answer, I will try what you suggested just the same to see how well it works for this recurring situation. Jun 20, 2016 at 18:40
  • Its going to be much cleaner in the future to simply use two layers to symbolize and then remove one layer from the legend. Converting legends to graphics is a nightmare if anything is going to change after you do it.
    – Barrett
    Jun 20, 2016 at 21:15

Have you considered doing a dot density analysis instead.

In order to do something like that you would first have to preform the dot density process. After that is done you would need to export these dots as a point shapefile, while at the same time preserving the second value.

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  • This is for leasehold boundaries. I have overlapping ownership and need to show the same area having multiple owners. For example I am using solid blue for one owner then a crosshatch for another; this allows you to see 2 different colors for one section. In the legend I only want to show one color/symbol for each owner instead of the same ownership description shown twice. So not sure if dot density would apply. Thank you for your answer! Jun 20, 2016 at 18:36

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