I am currently creating an ArcGIS Online Journal story map. In one of the web maps, I have a point feature class, where the points are transparent and they provide labels for regions (with no clear boundaries, hence no polygons). I need the legend to show one of the labels instead. This way, the legend symbol would be an example of the label text.

Is there a way to do this?

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    Can you include some screenshots to show what you are seeing now and what you would like to see? Aug 29, 2019 at 17:13

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Unfortunately, legends are one of the most limited features of ArcGIS story maps and ArcGIS Online maps in general. Beyond a few very basic options, you really can't customize legends as the titles and legend components are pulled from your layer services. The official Esri "solution" is to either:

  1. Turn off the legend and replace it with a graphic in the side panel of your story map. Usually, the easiest thing to do is to replicate the symbology you want in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro and then take a screenshot of a legend you produce there. It's a bit of a clunky workaround, but works OK. Here's an example of a story map that uses graphics placed in a scrolling sidebar.
  2. Manually style your legend using CSS.

Examples of both workarounds are shown in an Esri blog post titled Enhance your Story Map Journal legend.

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    I've chosen to accept this answer, because the first option did the job quite nicely. I haven't tried the second option, but it could be a very useful tip for other people.
    – Matthew
    Sep 6, 2019 at 18:13
  • Glad that helped you @Matthew. That's the way I've gone in the past too. Usually the legends I need to make are not so complex that a custom styled legend using CSS is worth the time or effort. Taking a screenshot of a legend from ArcMap is a kludge, but it works OK. Hopefully one day Esri will add support for customizing legends in ArcGIS Online. It's a little mystifying that that's not an option already.
    – lambertj
    Sep 6, 2019 at 18:50

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