This was never a problem with ArcGIS 9 but it appears that in 10.0 Esri has added small horizontal lines as the default when including color ramps in legends. I want to get rid of these annoying lines, but I haven't figured out how to. Anyone else run into this problem?

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    A screenshot image would be very helpful.
    – L_Holcombe
    Nov 21, 2012 at 21:05
  • please upload a screenshot of your problem
    – BBG_GIS
    Nov 21, 2012 at 21:23
  • I can't upload a screenshot because StackExchange won't let me since I'm a new user (I got an error saying that my reputation score needs to be 10 or something). I'll do my best to describe it in words. Next to the color ramp in the legend there are three tiny horizontal lines - one at the top, one at the bottom and one in the middle all on the immediate right of the color ramp. If you've got Arc10 you'll see it pretty immediately.
    – Tom Dilts
    Nov 21, 2012 at 23:42
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    Upload the image manually, for example to imgur.com and put the link to it in your question. Someone will come along and edit it to display the image. Alternatively you should now have enough reputation to try it again the usual way.
    – blah238
    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:08

2 Answers 2


you can try this :

  1. right click in your legend

  2. click convert to graphics.then click Ungroup . continue this process(ungroup) for your color ramp . the ungroup option will be disable. enter image description here

  3. right click your color ramp .click properties

.enter image description here click change symbol . click edit symbol. in symbol property editor window , choose gradient fill symbol for type .enter image description here . you can change style, interval etc.

  • I think that wetland provided the best answer. Thanks! The key is to increase the number of intervals to a very high number and then increase the percentage to 100%. I'll make sure to post something on the Esri Ideas Forum.
    – Tom Dilts
    Nov 26, 2012 at 21:27
  • I've posted something on the ArcGIS Ideas page. Hopefully it will gain some traction. c.na9.visual.force.com/apex/ideaView?id=087E00000004QYDIA2
    – Tom Dilts
    Nov 26, 2012 at 21:43

I think I see what you are talking about (see screenshot below), and no, I do not think there is any easy way to get rid of the tic marks along the color ramp.

Tic Marks

About the only two things you can do is use ArcObjects to set the color ramp symbol's ShowTics property to false (which I am not positive will do the trick but sounds plausible), or use the drawing toolbar to manually draw the legend or "cover up" the tic marks, with a white rectangle for instance.

Perhaps the best course of action would be to post this request on ArcGIS Ideas and get people to upvote it.

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