How do I add or join a .lyr to a shapefile?

I have a shapefile of a city's zoning districts and, separately, the .lyr, which shows the correct colors for each zoning classification.

Based on another thread, I tried going to Properties _ Source and changing the Source to point to the shapefile, but then the color distinctions disappeared.

I am new to GIS.

  • Hello, i am assuming you use arcmap because of the .lyr file. if so, you can load and connect your .lyr data in the symbology menu of your shapefile and select a row that features your symbology or labelling – DirkB. Jun 23 '17 at 20:16
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    Please include a link to the other "thread" that you mention. – PolyGeo Jun 23 '17 at 21:54

A LYR file just points to the data but is not data. It handles cartographic representation like symbology labeling and scale dependency

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