Map documents reference one or more styles. Referencing a style means that its contents will appear in the Symbol Selector dialog box when you are choosing symbols. You can also choose to limit your symbol searches to just those styles that are currently referenced.
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By default, your personal style and ESRI.style are referenced in a map, but you can change this set by referencing other Esri-provided styles or custom styles instead. You manage this from the Style References dialog box which is accessible from both the Symbol Selector dialog box and from the Style Manager dialog box. The Style References dialog box lists all the styles that are in the style path location.
Setting a default list of referenced styles
If you'd like to define exactly which styles are referenced when you open a new map document, choose those styles in the Style References dialog box, then click the Set As Default List button. New map documents will open automatically referencing this set of styles.
- Click the Style References button on the Symbol Selector dialog box or the Styles button on the Style Manager dialog box.
- Check the additional styles you want to use and uncheck those that you do not want to reference.
- Optionally, click the Add Style to List button to reference styles from other locations.
- Click OK.