Is there a way to customize ArcMap 10.7.1 so that users can filter layers by simply clicking the layer's symbology in the table of contents?   For example, is there a way to add a toggle/checkbox to each level in a layer's symbology that users could click to include/exclude the features from the map?  

  • Or alternatively, select the symbol's label/text to include the features in the map. And deselect the symbol's label/text to exclude the features.
  • Or another way of approaching it might be: enable an option in the layer's properties that allows users to generate a definition query by simply clicking in the symbology.  

This functionality would add efficiency to day-to-day work by eliminating the need to write tedious definition queries (WHERE clauses with IN operator) just to include/exclude a certain type of feature from a layer.  

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    In properties, symbology select ones you don't need and remove.
    – FelixIP
    Aug 23, 2020 at 19:51

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Looking at a similar suggestion on ArcGIS Ideas (see link below), no, it does not look like this is currently possible.

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