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Diagramming software for Windows and part of Microsoft's Office suite. Visio can be used to create documents such as flowcharts, organization charts, network topologies, and software architecture diagrams.

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Visio Connectors snapping too early

Visio is driving me absolutely crazy... How can I do this: Without this result? As soon as I try to change a connector to do a minor bend it snaps back to a straight line. Where is the option to ...
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Can I draw multiple connectors on single edge of a rectangle in Visio?

I need to draw a diagram where multiple connectors come out of single edge of a shape (rectangle for example). Can it be done without losing the connection between the connectors and the rectangles? ...
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Make text stick to line ends in Visio

I'm using UML diagrams in Visio and I'm using multiplicity indicators to put text like "parent of" and "child of" at the ends of lines that connect different shapes. The problem is ...
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In Visio, how do I change the size of one page without changing the size of all other pages within the document?

I'm trying to resize one page to fit a diagram, but whenever I use "Auto Size" or "Fit to Drawing" it changes the size of every page within the file. Is there a way to resize one ...
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Can't Change Component Shape in Ms Visio 2021

I have a problem that I can't change an existing shape to another shape in Ms Visio. This only happens in the file I'm working on. When I open a new file, everything is fine. I also checked and found ...
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Change selection style

Suddenly my selection tool style changet from usual rectangular to dotted line: Rectangular: Dotted line: How to get back to rectangular selection?
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Adjust position of newly created connecting point

I have added new connector on my shape and have connected arrow to it. I would like to change connector position in order to get straight connection line. It looks like I can move objects according to ...
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Making one page your background for other pages in Microsoft Visio

I found how to make one page a background for other pages here in superuser. When I make it my background it goes outside the page area. Anyone know how to correct this?
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Get two windows of the same document

I can have document view in two separate windows of MS Word by clicking View->New Window. Trying to make the same with Visio. After I click View->New Window I got two document view in same Visio ...
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Share Visio background pages between different Visio files

Using Visio Background pages I'd like to make a 'common' or shared background page which can be used by many different Visio drawings on different Visio files. I can do something similar with stencils,...
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How to slant a connector at the beginning point in visio?

Is there a way I can add a slant in a connector in visio at the start point? I know I can slant at other point by right clicking a connector and changing rounding presets. I am trying to work on an ...
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Is there a way to retrieve and compile object text from a shape or connector in a Visio drawing?

I have a diagram with a bunch of numbered connectors. I'd like to be able to easily/quickly create a list of all of the connector numbers in the diagram. Is there a way to do this without inputting ...
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When updating 'Master Shape' for 'Advanced Data Graphics' new entities created don't use the newest Master Shape'

What I'm hoping to accomplish is to able to populate a diagram with data captured in an Excel file. This data is going to change over time and I'd like to be able to easily update the texts. I'm ...
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Specify then LOCK the line --LENGTH-- for a drawing

I am sketching out a section of my backyard with trees, a fences, and some big rocks to determine how large of a shed I can put "in the backyard." Measurements to all the trees have been ...
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How to make visio image clear even when you drag a corner to resize it small?

How do you draw clear shapes in Visio? I think it's related to resolution somehow. I tried to increases line with to 3-5 but still doesn't look good. I also tried to reduce the distance between lines ...
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How can I draw right angled or square end in Visio?

I don't know if it's just me but in my Visio normally a line has rounded end as in 1. How can I draw right angled or square end as 2?
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How to link a Visio drawing to a specific region or table in Excel

I would like to place a table in Visio that is directly linked to the actual table in Excel. That way it will show the information I want and update it in the Visio diagram when it is updated in Excel....
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Searchable Visio diagram in Word

I am often asked why I use Word to draw diagrams instead of using Visio. My standard reply is because you can't search for words in Visio when you're in Word. The only way I've found so far is to ...
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Importing Entity Relationships from Excel into Visio

Looking for help/any advice importing a very large many-to-many entity relationship diagram from data in Excel into a relationship diagram in Visio. My data is identifying upstream & downstream ...
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Visio VBA "Expected: end of statement" error

This has me stumped. It worked fine when I first wrote this code a few days ago. Now, though, it is as if Visio thinks the syntax is incomplete or incorrect. I am getting this error: I wondered if it ...
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SVG Export - Line Patterns not showing

I am using visio to create technical drawings. My further workflow depends on using the svg export of this drawing. However, I stumbled into the following problem. The custom line patterns are not ...
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Why does the edit method of an embedded Word object in Visio change?

In Microsoft Visio, one can insert a Microsoft Word object (Insert / Text / Object / "Microsoft Word Document"). Most of the time when I do this, when I later go to edit the content of that ...
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How to remove Visio connector handles?

I'm sure many people share this frustration but I can't find a prior solution. When I add a standard curved connector to my Visio diagram, I prefer it not to have any of the intermediate handles. Not ...
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Hiding "Calculated Area" information in a Shape item in Visio 2016

In Visio 2016, when inserting a "Space" shape (from the "Walls, Shell and Structure" stencil in the "Maps and Floor Plan" category) the inserted and auto-sized shape ...
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How can I define the number of connection points based on user input when adding a shape?

I'm trying to create a shape that represents an AV connection panel. I'd like Visio to prompt the user for the number of connections when the shape is dragged from the stencil into the drawing. In the ...
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Change Selection Highlight Color in Microsoft Visio O365

I now Visio O365 installed, and I have a question: Is it possible to change the color of the highlighted area when doing a Ctrl F to search for something? I have tons of information on multiple pages, ...
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Visio 2019: Change existing or create new custom connector

I'm new to Visio. I'm currently playing around with connectors. I can change color of a connector - but Visio will simply not allow me to change the line-type from solid to dash or change the begin/...
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How to open a file in Microsoft Visio in command line?

I am trying to open a file in Microsoft Visio using command line. start \d "path" visio.exe Now, how to open a specific file? \1 opens first previously opened file, but not the specific one.
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Force Visio to automatically make horizonal, single line connectors

In Microsoft Visio 2019, is there some way to automatically cause a connector to be connected to another vertical connector with a straight, horizontal line? The junction between the connectors should ...
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Office 365 Visio UML alternative fragment resize and drawing on grid

Sometimes wonder if I am just stupid, or if Visio has been designed too complex, with as a result that simple things are just not possible. Maybe somebody can enlighten me here. When placing an ...
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Can't change selection highlight color MS Visio Pro 2019

I have Visio Pro 2019 installed on a Windows 10 machine with Office Pro 2016 for all other MS products. By default it is dark blue and nearly invisible when selecting black stencils, lines, etc. ...
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Does anyone know a way to get such an End Arrow type in Visio?

Does anyone know a way to get such an End Arrow type in Visio? ------------ | App | ------------ | | | | Λ |_| ------------ | Server | ------------ Image for more ...
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Remove hidden margin on Visio 2019 Entity Relationship Diagram

Using Visio 2019, I'm trying to do the following: File -> New -> Crow's Foot Database Notation template Drag an "Entity" shape type onto the page Name an attribute something long As you can see from ...
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How to see a list of all pages in Visio 2016?

I've found out how to do it for Visio 2010, as I would like to print the list of all pages in a separate tab, but I can't find the small forward backward buttons to the left of the page tabs(status ...
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How can you disable shapes from being selected?

How can you disable shapes from being selected? If I do a CTRL + A, is there anyway to set a shape so that it is excluded from the selection?
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How to add more of these yellow handles for the line tool in Visio?

How to add more of these textboxes that have handles that are attached to the line tool in Visio? Please see the picture, there is a yellow handle right in the middle.
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How do I reset the connector points of a shape?

While working on a Visio diagram, I noticed the same shape that I had duplicated a few dozen times actually had custom connector points on it. Essentially every Rectangle shape now has additional off-...
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MS-VISIO how to create a shape that prompts user to insert hyperlink?

How to create a shape that prompts the user to insert a hyperlink? similar to how this shape currently performs. "Software and Database > Software > Controls > Hyperlink"
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How to get the missing Edit and Open items in context menu for Visio drawing in Word?

On two different PC with Windows 10 bit, I have MS Office Professional Plus 2016 and MS Visio Standard 2016, and both are fully updated for Windows and Office. In the same Word document with an ...
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How to find out which Visio shape I am using?

I have a Visio diagram with a special shape, which I like very much. It looks like a rectangle with a fancy label. When I want to make a new diagram, the first thing I do is copy-paste this rectangle. ...
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Microsoft Visio Page settings

I used to use Visio years ago (2003 version), recently installed it again(2016 version) to make some technical drawings. But it has been frustrating to say the least. What i wish is that the "page" ...
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With Visio 2016, how can I add a clear formatting function?

With Word and Excel, there;s a function that allows me to clear the formatting of a whatever I highlight. How can I accomplish the same result with Visio 2016?
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How to draw a border line around a group of shapes automatically? [Visio]

I want to draw a borderline automatically around shapes like below. Any suggestion?
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Text as fill pattern

I have created fill pattern, but if I put text into fill pattern, it is not displayed in the fill area. If I draw a rectangle, I need text to fill the area of rectangle. Should I draw text using ...
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Draw a line with horizontal-level text

I would like to use the line tool to draw a line between two connectors such that text I put on the line is parallel to the top and bottom of the drawing, instead of being parallel to the line. I ...
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How Can I Fix a Visio Org Chart text layer in a shape

I am working on the org chart and the text layer from the Shape stencils no longer works. After letting go onto the document it does this: Lastly, if I try to delete the text, it won't let me, ...
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How to save a selection of drawings in MS-VISIO as pdf?

I have a Visio file with a lot of drawings inside. I would like to export one drawing as pdf. How can I do that? (P.S. Copying it to another Visio file is not helpful while I cannot save the object ...
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Database Reverse engineering wizard Fails

I am using Visio 2019, trying to reverse engineer a Azure SQL server. I have successfully created multiple User data sources to use in the wizard using both our DB-admin user and my admin azure ...
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How to properly align two connectors in Visio 2016?

I'm using Visio 2016. I want to align two connectors precisely. See below image. How can I do that? You can download my testing visio file at https://www.dropbox.com/s/6rtmnehydamx4wg/sed.vsdx?dl=1 ...
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Reverse Engineer SQLServer(2017) schema into Visio 2019 Pro

Trying to get Visio 2019 (or 2016) Pro to Reverse Engineer the schema from a SQLServer 2017 DB. I can reverse the tables without issue using the generic ODBC driver but the option to reverse views ...
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