RE: Visio shape hide-and-seek

Subject: RE: Visio shape hide-and-seek
From: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
To: Jan -dot- Arnopolin -at- thomsonreuters -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 13:14:28 -0700

Thanks, Jan. Yes, I'm in Visio 2007, working with drawings that were
probably prepared using Visio 2003. That tip about File > Shapes > Show
Document Stencil did not work for this drawing I copied from a Word doc
and pasted into a brand new .vsd file. All I got was an empty stencil.
Maybe it has to do with the way the software developer created the
drawing, or maybe it is a 2003/2007 issue.

BUT, whilst right-clicking a shape in the drawing, I did find the Find
Similar Shapes menu item!

Now, when it shows me a (huge) list of "similar shapes", I see shapes with
names like "Entity 1", "Entity 1.122", "Entity 2", "Entity 2.123". Where
do I turn to learn what the respective attributes/differences are among
the "similar shapes"? Those names look to be systematic, but how do I get
acquainted with the system?


On Thu, October 15, 2009 12:49 pm, Jan -dot- Arnopolin -at- thomsonreuters -dot- com wrote:
> Guy,
> I don't know which version of Visio you're on. In Visio 2007, when you
> open a drawing, *.vsd, the Shapes used in the drawing are displayed on
> the left side navigation. If they aren't, do File, Shapes, Show
> Document Stencil. This lists the shapes used in the document. Right
> click on a shape in the drawing and the shape name should be displayed
> in the left nav, as well as the name of the stencil it is from.
> Hope this helps.
> jan
> Jan Arnopolin


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Visio shape hide-and-seek: From: Guy K. Haas
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