Area Styles

The Area Styles section of the Configuration menu allows the user to configure how areas of a given type will be displayed in Global Mapper.

Access the Area Styles by selecting the configure button Configuration button from the File Toolbar or Tools menu, and navigating to the Area Styles section in the Styles folder.

Area Type

See Built-In Area Types and Styles for a graphical reference guide to the area types and border/ fill styles built-in to Global Mapper.

Context Menu

Right click on the list of types, to display the menu above. This allows saving and restoring style settings using a style file. This provides an easy way to setup a set of styles to use, then restore them at a later date for use with a particular set of data.

New Types can also be loaded from cGPSMapper type files using the bottom option.

New Type...

Add a new point type and specify its symbology and labeling.

Edit Type...

Choose this option to edit name and symbol for the selected type. Built in types can not be renamed, but the symbols and labeling for the type can be modified using the sections below.

Delete Type

Delete the selected Feature Type. Custom point types are also specified in a text file in the user data folder. Built-in types can not be deleted.


Specify attributes that will be automatically assigned to new features created as the selected type. Default values can also be specified. For more control over possible attribute values, see Feature Templates.

Fill Pattern

Specify the fill pattern for the selected Area Type


Specify the color of the fill

Add Custom Fill Pattern...

This option provides the opportunity to create a custom fill pattern from an image file. For transparent or translucent patterns, use a transparent PNG format image file when creating the custom fill pattern.

Delete Fill Pattern

Delete the selected fill pattern. Built-in fill patterns can not be deleted.

Border Style

Specify the Border style, color and width for the selected Area Type.

For more information on line styles, see Built in Line Styles

The width of the line can be specified in various units:

  • Pixels — Specify the size in pixels in the screen.
  • Meters (Fixed-width, Ground) — A width specified in ground units will enlarge as the map is zoomed.
  • Millimeters (Fixed-width, Device)— A width specified in millimeters will maintain this thickness both onscreen and when printed.


With the Transparency slider, users can make solid filled areas partially see-through (translucent) in order to see data underneath the area.

Show Labels

Check this option to label features of this type by default. The default label is the Feature Name attribute.

Select Label Font...

This opens a dialog for configuring the label properties for the Feature, including Font, background, relative position, size, and rotation.


Select the font to use for the label. The list will populate with available system fonts. See also Labels Configuration for default font face and character set.


Specify text effects, including a halo around the text, a specific font color, or strikeout and underline effects.


Specify the script to use for the label. The available options are dependent on the selected font.

Label Background Fill Mode

Specify how to fill the background for the labels. This setting is overridden by a halo effect.

  • Automatic: In most cases this will use a transparent background to the label text
  • Opaque - Background Color : Label text box will use the specified background color of the workspace.
  • Transparent: No text box fill color for the label.
  • Opaque- Custom Color: Use the select color... button to select a custom background text box fill color.

Label Position Relative to Point Feature

Specify how the label is placed relative to the point anchor. The Automatic setting will relocate labels with movement and zoom in order to declutter and reduce label overlap.

Label Distance from Point Feature

When this option is checked, the specified number will be used to calculate the distance away from the label anchor point in pixels based on the current screen resolution. Zero is a valid entry. When the option is not checked, the padding will be calculated as 1/8 of the font height.

Always Display Label if any Labels are Displayed

Objects with this label setting checked will maintain priority during label decluttering.

Display Labels using this Font at a Fixed Height in Meters

Use this setting to specify labels in a size relative to a ground unit size, rather than a font size. The labels will shrink and grow when zooming, to always maintain the same geographic scale. This setting can be particularly useful for reference features, such as labels of background area boundaries.

Rotate Labels

Specify the angle to rotate the labels. (This setting is only available for point and area feature labels.)

Restore Default Style

This button will restore the default style for the selected Point Type.

Restore Default Style for All Types

This option will restore the default styles for all Point Types.