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In Layer Properties > Display, the "Scale symbols when a reference layer is set" is checked by default, and 90% of the time I don't want/need the symbols scaled.

Is there any way to change the default setting so this box is unchecked when a new layer is added?

I am using ArcGIS Desktop 10.3.1.

  • I used to have a small Add-In that would un-check that option for layers selected in the ToC. It didn't do it by default, but was a quick way to change it once they were added – Midavalo Aug 13 '16 at 0:51
  • @Midavalo was that an ArcMap (ArcObjects) AddIn or a Python AddIn? – PolyGeo Aug 13 '16 at 0:52
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    @PolyGeo it was an ArcObjects Add-In I wrote years ago. I think I still have it somewhere - I'll find it after the weekend when i'm back in the office – Midavalo Aug 13 '16 at 2:10
  • Why did you set a reference scale if you dont need to scale symbols ? – J.R Jul 25 '18 at 15:16
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There are two places that I have looked for this option:

  • Customize | ArcMap Options
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.4\Utilities\AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe

It does not seem to be configurable using either.

Consequently, I think you will need to consider submitting/supporting an ArcGIS Idea.

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