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Is it possible to use a page in a Visio doc as a layer in another page in the same doc?

Currently, I'm copying and pasting when I make changes to page 1 into a layer on page 2, but would like it if the layer simply updated.


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Yes. Background pages can be used in this manner.

Create a page ("Page 2") and in the Page Setup dialog in the Page Properties tab set the Type to Background

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Then in "Page 1" in the Page Setup dialog in the Page Properties tab set the Background to Page 2

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Now everything you draw on page 2 will automatically show up on page 1 - underneath any shapes in page 1.

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Perfect! Any way to set the transparency of the background page now? – Mark A Johnson Aug 25 '11 at 16:02
Not in a direct way. There's no overall transparency setting for a page. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish you could simulate the effect. A background page can have its own background page: fgpage -> bgpage1 -> bgpage2. You could draw a rectangle on bgpage1 and set the transparency of that shape so that it would obsure or reveal what was on bgpage2 as needed. – saveenr Aug 29 '11 at 20:08

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