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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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I'm not able to change the all colors to back color in Visio drawing

i tried so many things to change all the colors to black color and make blank floor plan and nothing is helped me to make the floor plan blank will only includes the drawing with black colo enter ...
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Customise timeline markers in Visio

Hi I am a reasonable Visio user but would like to customise the date milestone marker formats in Timeline shapes e.g. Diamond milestone from Mon-Yr to Qtr-1 etc. Is there a way to do this?
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Trying to draw shortest path lines in visio. Advice please?

I am trying to make network diagrams and connect devices with lines but want them to be orthogonal - horizontal and vertical lines only shortest path. If I have 2 ports at the same vertical ...
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How do I customize a freehand circle with a fixed circumference?

I'm trying to plan a pen for my chickens in my garden. I have a total of 50 m of fence that I want to plot out on my Visio drawing. What I want to do is having a freehand circle with a fixed ...
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Insert into Visio drawing into another Visio 2010 document

I have two Visio 2010 documents. One contains one tab with a floor plan. The other contains multiple tabs, also with floor plans on each tab. I want to incorporate the first Visio document as a new ...
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FillForegnd in Shapesheet using wrong data

I have a work related problem and, as such, I cannot attach the example file. I use dynamic shapes as part of a diagram, where the user can change the shape data (i.e. change a category) and the ...
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Why does Visio "Auto Size", when it expands the size of the foreground page downward, seem to shift background page objects upward?

Steps to reproduce: Create new Basic Diagram (US Units) document Change Page-1 to Type "Background" (Right-click page tab > Page Setup...) Add Basic Shape to Page-1 (anywhere; default size OK) Add ...
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How to display information of a line such as width, color,... so it can be copied exactly?

I am using Visio 2010 and I have a Visio file with two lines, round corners as below. I have one question hope anyone could help me out. How to show the information of the line such as the width, ...
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VISIO not allowing grouping the shapes in database diagram

After reverse engineering a SQL Db in VISIO 2010, I tried the this MSDN tutorial to group some shapes (tables) in the database diagram but got the following error: Error VISIO database solution ...
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Can't get a straight line connector in Visio

When I try to draw a connection between the two points highlighted in the pink circles, Visio gives me the stupid right-angled line as shown. Why is it doing this? I just want a straight line between ...
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How to overlay a line on a visio 2010 diagram

I have a drawing of a process that has three swim lanes. Imagine taking a print out of that and using a yellow highlighter, drawing a line of the actual process a customer experienced. How can I ...
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Visio 2010 'selection handle box' line properties

Can the Visio 2010 selection box properties be changed? This is not the shape itself, but is the box with the handles that appears when you click on a shape. Mine is a light blue dashed line. ...
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Visio Timeline Start/Finish Date position

In Visio, I have a timeline that is 2 years long, with intervals every quarter. The dates for the quarters show immediately below the timeline, but the start and finish dates for the timeline display ...
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Shape data exchange via a connector

I am already quite a time a VISIO user but this was merely as a graphic designer. Since a few months I try to add data to my shapes and put some inteligence behind the shapes. I discovered lot of ...
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Can't resize Visio 2010 entities

Please don't mark as a duplicate (this is a similar question). I am making a Database diagram in Visio 2010, but when I add a table entity, I can't resize it. I've tried changing the protection, I've ...
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How can I change the duration of tasks in a Visio 2010 Gantt chart into hours instead of days?

I am trying to create a Gantt chart with lots of smaller tasks which often last for only 3 to 4 hours. Is there a way of having the duration column in hours and not days? Thanks!
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Reset size of an embedded object to its "natural" size in Visio 2010

Embedded objects typically have a "natural" size. For example a 200x200 image with 100 dpi has a natural size of 2x2 inches. Similarly, a MathType formula has a natural size in which its native font ...
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Change default line color?

The default line color in Visio is blue. How can I change that default? We have found that you can change each line as you draw but that is a hassle. I have tried changing the color in the ...
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Publish Visio 2010 Document to Web with Multiple Hyperlinks per Object

We have a process flow document that requires multiple hyperlinks per object. It appears that the only the VML web format supports this. Since we upgraded to Visio 2010, the Save As... HTML format ...
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Visio 2013 Background Pattern

I have multiple big Visio pages, not intended for printing. Therefore, in each of them I'm drawing beyond the default sized page and Visio is extending the drawing space in response. What I'd like is ...
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How to make sure newly created connectors are straight?

I'm creating a Visio Flowchart diagram. I want all connectors by default to be "Straight". Is there any way to set a default style for newly created connectors? Currently all my connectors are always ...
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Microsoft Visio 2010 Premium missing "Software & Database" templates

In Microsoft Visio 2007, there was a "Software & Database" template to be able to draw ER diagrams. In Visio 2010, this template is missing. Does anyone know if this template (and others missing)...
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Visio connnectors stuck in DB Mode

I created a Visio diagram using the template Software and Database / Database Model Diagram. I created a few database diagrams manually. Now I want to add some more tabs/pages for data flow diagrams. ...
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How to modify margin spaces for Visio drawing when using 'Auto fit to Drawing'?

I use 'Fit to Drawing' in Visio a lot. The resized page width fit my drawing objects neatly though putting some extra page margin spaces that I don't want to have. How can I remove them?
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In MS Visio, add depth to content using layers

I have a process flow-chart in MS Visio. I want to present "what-if" paths; this will be an alternative or secondary view. This seemed like a natural use for layers. But looking at the Help files,...
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How can I rotate a visio 2010 page in 90 degrees without using the mouse that rotates inaccurately?

How can I rotate a Visio 2010 page 90° without using the mouse? Using the mouse takes too long and is inaccurate.
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Shapes adjusted closer in Visio 2010

I searched for my query but could not find any better answer. I need to adjust my shapes closer so that I can fix most of my shapes in one page. Currently there is larger space between the shapes if I ...
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Automatically fitting the text container to text in Visio 2010

How can I have the text container automatically fit to the text entered in to it? For example, if I have a text container with a word like 'dog' in it, I have to use the handles to resize the text ...
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Visio UML Sequence Diagram - How do I remove Top Package from Actor?

Hi guys I'm currently building a sequence diagram on Visio 2010. When I add an actor it has the name Top Package:: by default - which I cannot remove (I have tried deleting from properties). Does ...
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Define Visio's AutoConnect connector point preference

I've added some inbound/outbound connector points to a rectangle near the corners. However, now when I use the AutoConnect to create one of my Quick Shapes it picks these connector points as they are ...
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Creating Parametrized Classes in a Visio UML

Let's say I have a class defined like this public class Widget<T1, T2, T3> where T1 : ISomeInterface<T2, T3> where T2 : class where T3 : struct { // blah } Using Visio ...
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Visio to show my functions (Process) relationships

I want to draw a chart to show programming functions relationship together. Imagine I've 3 functions: Function a1(a,b) { //Do something } Function a2(x) { //Do something } Function a3() { ...
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Is it possible to create "synonyms" of entities?

PowerAMC/PowerDesigner allows you to create "graphical synonyms" of underlying entities allowing you to place the same entity twice (or more) on a diagram. This is great when, somehow, an entity must ...
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Save custom stencil with diagram in Visio so others can use the stencil and update the diagram

Say I have a Visio 2010 diagram foo.vsd and I've used a third-party stencil bar.vss in the diagram. Other team members will need to also open and edit foo.vsd. Is there a way to include the stencil in ...
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Visio 2010 - no rotate handles?

I'm using Visio 2010. When I select a shape, I see the normal resize handles, but no rotation handles. This seems to be the case for any shape I create. This is not in a locked layer. I have ...
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Remove blank pages (automatic mechanism not precise)

I've got a picutre that takes up the entire space of a sheet. Visio however now already added 3 additional sheets. All elements are within the boarders of sheet one, why does Visio already produce new ...
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Error when adding Developer inserts (IE: Command Button)

Running Visio 2010. I go to the Developer tab. When I try to insert any of the ActiveX controls (IE: Command Button), I get an error (even after uninstalling and re-installing Visio): An error (...
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visio 2010: extract shapes names

I was given a visio drawing of some college's architecture and want to find the name of the shapes he used there in order to save myself the trouble of locating his drawing and copying his shapes. i ...
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How can I find/create a curved bar (similar to the curved arrow)

In visio 2010 there is a shape in the blocks called a 'curved arrow', which allows you to bend an arrow 90 degrees with a nice curved corner. I would like to create an 'S' curve, but there is no ...
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Unnecessary labels on pdf created in Microsoft Visio

I am trying to save a visio file as a pdf. I am using visio 2010. The problem is that after saving to pdf the name of the sheet is displayed on the top of the diagram and so is the date on the bottom. ...
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Visio: Add arrows to Tree like connector

Problem: I am trying to add arrows to tree connectors and can't figure out how to do it. Troubleshooting so far: I have tried the functions in the ribbon as well as right click. I was able to select ...
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Can't shrink drawing when printing to smaller paper format

I have a Visio-drawing drawn in A3 format. Now I wish to print it on A4 format and have Visio to shrink it to fit that format. However, it still want's to print in A3 size and thus cropping the parts ...
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How to display shape data on the document itself

I updated a sketch and I added data to shapes. Is there a way to display this data next to the shapes easily? So it would show up when I print it? Or do I need to do it manually by adding text boxes ...
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Call Visio POLYLINE function with variable list of coordinates

I'm trying to design a Visio 2010 shape whose geometry depends on the shape's width. That is, the number and the length of the segments that make up the shape's geometry depends on the width. Instead ...
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Allow horizontal resizing from only one side of a shape

Visio shapes have 8 resize handles. If I protect the height of the shape, only the handles in the middle of the left and right borders remain active. Now, is there a way to disable the left resize ...
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Moving endpoint of freeform curve

How do you move the endpoint of a freeform curve? This seems like it should be really simple but whenever I try with either the freeform tool or the pencil tool, it extends the curve rather than ...
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How to protect custom shapes from being reused? Visio 2010

We are building a set of documentation for our business with Visio 2010. We need to make the Visio files accessible to external consultants for review, but we want to ensure that they cannot copy any ...
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How to have a Custom Container's text in the Header

I am trying to build a custom container. I have created a separate object for my header and set User.msvStructureType = "Heading" I'd expect that when selecting the container, any text I type will ...
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Custom style for any new drawing element in Visio 2010

You know how easily Microsoft Word adopts your visual style of writing, like text color, size, etc and uses it for any subsequent text you write, right? Well, I can't get similar behavior with Visio, ...
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Visio - Save Large Drawing to Single Page PDF

I have a large Visio diagram that spans multiple pages according to the print area. However, I would like to save this to a PDF file and have it only display as a single page in the PDF. My users ...
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