In a freshly installed version of Visio 2013, all of the UML shapes are missing. When creating a new diagram, I see various UML diagrams available under 'Software' including UML State Machine, UML Class, UML Use Case, UML Sequence, etc.

When I select any of those and click 'Create', a blank diagram comes up and where the shapes should be is a note that says "Where are the shapes? There are no stencils open. Click the More Shapes menu above to browse shape categories and open stencils."

I've searched through all of those options and cannot find any UML shapes. I'm guessing that there are other shapes also missing.

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    what sku of Visio do you have? I've found the 2010 family is useless unless you have Pro or better. Apr 19, 2013 at 18:22
  • Have you tried repairing Office?
    – Karan
    Apr 19, 2013 at 19:29
  • Yes. It turns out that Visio 2013 Standard Edition does not provide UML shapes. Upgrading to Professional provides UML shapes. Apr 29, 2013 at 21:14

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Microsoft Visio 2013 Standard Edition does not provide UML shapes, therefore you have to upgrade to Professional edition.

Visio 2013 Professional

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