RE: Visio shape hide-and-seek

Subject: RE: Visio shape hide-and-seek
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:48:55 -0400

Now I get it. When you said, "what stencil set is this one (of the dozen
displayed)," I thought you meant of the dozen displayed in the search
results -- not the shapes displayed in the drawing.

Anyway, AFAIK, once you pull a shape from its stencil, it's yours to
modify. If you want, you can morph it up so bad that its own
mother-stencil wouldn't recognize it. But it can't go home again.

In some cases, when I open a drawing that was constructed using shapes
from only a single stencil, that stencil is displayed in the Shapes
pane. However, I'm not sure if this is because the drawing retains that
information or because it was simply the last stencil that I opened.
Either way, this doesn't help when a drawing uses shapes from more than
one stencil.

Wait, there's another possibility: With the drawing open, click
File=>Properties, and then click the Contents tab. Is that list of
"Masters" relevant to our quest?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Guy K. Haas
> Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:32 PM
> To: Dan Goldstein
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Visio shape hide-and-seek
> Um, thanks but.... What I have is a drawing... a .vsd file.
> In that FILE I see a shape that I want to find in a stencil.
> What I'm trying to DO is find the Shapes pane among the
> forest of such panes (aptly yclept, them) that contains the
> shape I see in the drawing.
> (I rather figure that a developer writing a spec would find a
> collection of shapes -- a template or stencil or whatever --
> that suits his/her needs; and I'd like to backtrack FROM the
> resulting drawing to the collection the author used in
> creating the drawing.)
> On Thu, October 15, 2009 11:04 am, Dan Goldstein wrote:
> > 1. Right-click any shape in the Shapes pane.
> > 2. From the popup menu, select Edit Master Shortcut, and
> then select
> > Master Shortcut Properties.
> > 3. The stencil name is displayed in the Master Shortcut Properties
> > screen.
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Guy K. Haas
> >> Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:47 PM
> >> To: techwr-l
> >> Subject: Visio shape hide-and-seek
> >>
> >> OK... Here's what should be a simpler Visio question.
> >>
> >> I have inherited some .vsd files. I see shapes in one
> .vsd file that
> >> strike me as coming from a stencil (such as a dog-eared page).
> >>
> >> My copy of Visio has lots of template categories, organized into
> >> families.
> >>
> >> I can search by word or phrase for a shape, and get a
> bunch of them
> >> displayed at the left of the work area, but is there any
> way to say
> >> "what template category" or "what stencil set"
> >> is this one (of the dozen displayed) belongs to?
> >>

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