# Edit Symbols

The Edit Symbols option allows you to customize the symbols used for plotting poles, dip vectors, and intersections on the various stereonet plots including:

To Edit Symbols:

- First display the stereonet plot you would like to customize (e.g., pole plot, Symbolic Plot, etc.)
- Select
**Edit Symbols**from the**Edit**menu, or you can right-click in the plot view and select**Edit Symbols**from the popup menu. - In the
**Symbol Editor**dialog, choose**General**,**Symbolic Plot**or**Scatter**, and use the available options to customize the desired symbols. - Select
**OK**to save changes.

For further information see below.

## General Symbols

The **General** tab in the **Symbol Editor** dialog allows you to edit the following plot symbols.

**Pole Vector**- the symbol used for all pole vectors on a basic pole plot**Dip Vector**- the symbol used for all dip vectors on a basic dip vector plot**Critical Pole/Dip**- the symbol used for all critical pole or dip vectors in a Kinematic Analysis failure zone (e.g., planar sliding or Flexural Toppling)**Intersection (Grid)**- the symbol used for the intersection vectors of all grid data planes on an intersection plot**Critical Intersection (Grid)**- the symbol used for all critical intersection vectors in a Kinematic Analysis failure zone (e.g., wedge sliding or Direct Toppling)**Intersection (Other)**- the symbol used for all intersections of user defined planes and / or mean set planes**Critical Intersection (Other)**- the symbol used for all critical intersection vectors of user defined planes and / or mean set planes in a kinematic analysis failure zone (e.g., Wedge Sliding or Direct Toppling)

To edit a symbol:

- Select a symbol from the
**Symbols**list (e.g., Pole Vector) - Select the
**Style**,**Border**color,**Fill**color,**Symbol****Scale**and**Line Width**

**NOTE**: To simultaneously edit multiple symbols, you can hold down the Ctrl and/or Shift keys while selecting from the list

## Symbolic Plot

The **Symbolic Plot** tab in the **Symbol Editor** dialog allows you to edit the symbols used for symbolic pole or dip vector plots.

To edit a symbol:

- Select a symbol from the
**Symbols**list - Select the
**Style**,**Border**color,**Fill**color,**Symbol Scale**and**Line Width**

**NOTE**: To simultaneously edit multiple symbols, you can hold down the Ctrl and/or Shift keys while selecting from the list

Auto-Format

The Auto-Format option can be used to quickly apply various symbol formats to the plot, including:

**Default****Quantitative Data****Dips 5.0 default****Filled Squares**(changes the Symbol Style of all symbols to Squares with the same**Border**and**Fill**colour. This is useful if the number of data points is very high, and will make the plot easier to interpret)**Gray Scale**

**NOTE**: For Symbolic Plots, if you wish to maintain symbol consistency for the same data in different files, use the Lock Symbols option. This allows you to create a master list of Symbol / Column / Data combinations, which will apply to all **Dips** files. Symbols that are locked will NOT be editable in the **Symbol Editor** dialog, they must first be unlocked in the **Symbol Locker** dialog, if you wish to edit them.

## Scatter Plot

The **Scatter** tab in the **Symbol Editor** dialog allows you to edit the symbols used for Scatter Plots.

On a Scatter Plot, a circle is used for all symbols, and the circle size indicates the number of poles. To customize the Scatter Plot symbols, you can edit the **Border**, **Fill** color and **Size** of the smallest and largest symbols (intermediate symbol sizes will be interpolated between the smallest and largest).

## Scale Symbol Size

The size of symbols can be customized in two different ways:

- The
**Scale All Symbols**option at the top of the dialog, allows you to simultaneously scale the size of ALL symbols on the plots. - You can also independently scale the size of individual symbols with the
**Symbol Scale**option for each symbol.

## Save Default Settings

The **Defaults** button allows you to:

- Restore the original default symbols
- Save the currently selected symbols as the new program default symbols

You can do this independently for the **General** symbols, **Symbolic Plot** symbols and **Scatter** symbols.