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Hi Cynthia,

Thank you for your post. Unfortunately, Shapefile is a format that does not maintain symbology or styling on export/import which is why you are seeing the default symbols being assigned when you are re-importing. My recommendation, in order to save time, would be to develop Stylesheets (MAP Themes) that would allow you to set the styling for each layer. You can then use these Stylesheets between AI documents (using the Copy MAP Objects functionality, or by exporting the MAP Themes themselves), which will allow you to quickly re-assign the styling to the layer in the new document. For more information on MAP Themes and Stylesheets, please see our help article below. Alternatively, if you would like further help, please don’t hesitate to contact our Support Team directly at

Thank you,

Kate B
Avenza Support