I am working with a legend in a map from ArcGIS 10.1. The map is used as a template and will be used many times to create different maps. The legend is used to show a soil type and its descriptor:

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So, in other words, I have set my layer symbology to unique values, add all values, single field and I have turned off all the symbology so that the patches do not show up in the legend.

The solution I am looking for, is to avoid having to manually turn off the symbology all the time. I just want to 'Add All Values' and have the item and Description populate in the legend without the symbology patch.

I don't think there is a checkbox/button that does this in the layers properties symbology tab, but I was trying to figure out how to do this in the legend properties dialogue box. So far, I can't seem to figure it out. It seems like any of the styles under the Legend-->Properties-->Items tab requires a patch, label and description. There is no option to just choose the label and description. Am I missing it somewhere?

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It's a slight fudge but try setting Width and Height on the Override default patch size part of the Legend Item properties to be very small but not zero i.e. 0.001. In my test it looks like the patch is either not there at all, or is too small to see. If you set to 0 then patches return to original size.

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