Legend created from color coding is coming in too large

Product(s): WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, CivilStorm, StormCAD, PondPack, StormCAD, HAMMER
Version(s): CONNECT Edition, V8i
Area: Output and Reporting


When inserting a color coding legend, it is too large or the icons are too large with respect to the text.



  1. Right click on the legend and select 'scale'
  2. Drag your mouse up or down until you find the appropriate scale and then left click once.
  3. If those steps work great, but if you find the text is too small in relation to the model after performing steps 1 and 2 there are additional steps you can try.
  4. Go to Tools > Options > Drawing tab and the first option there is one that controls the scale of the model. If you scale up or scale down in size and then refresh your legend by right clicking on the color coding in the element symbology that the legend is built from and choose the 'Refresh Legend' option. After you do this you'll be able to notice how your legend will change.
  5. The other property that controls the size of the legend is the symbol size of the element in the legend. The symbol size can be changed in two places: a) From the drawing tab in the tools > options where you were previously and the third step above and b) is in the element symbology itself by double clicking the element name, which opens the elements properties. For example, if you wanted to change you junction size you would double click on 'junction' in the element symbology to bring up the properties that allow you to change the symbol size multiplier. After you do that you would again need to right click the color coding that the legend is for and use the 'Refresh Legend' option to see the change in size.

Alternative approach

Enter sizes less than "1" when choosing "color and size". The way this can be done is to choose "1" as the highest value and then use values lower than 1 such as 0.9, 0.8, 0.7 etc. for the rest of the colors. This way you can see the text clearly and in conjunction with the color coding and at a "scaled" version of the index. Be sure to click "Apply". See the below snapshot of an example in which the pressure at junctions is color coded with size;

The result of this approach can be seen in the scaled legend as seen below;

See Also

How do you add color coding to an element?

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