Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity
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Visio 2013/16 has wonderful new formatting effects. But how they modify your shapes can be a bit strange. Read about the anomalies, and how to work around the strangeness!

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The Hidden World of Visio Shapes
September 5, 2006 | 85 Comments | 402277 views

So you’ve created beautiful graphics in Visio, and you know how to add phantasmal ShapeSheet smarts to your shapes, now its time for you to make it all disappear! I often get asked how to toggle the visibility of various elements of Visio drawings, and I usually offer up one of many solutions. But I don’t think that those many solutions have ever been cataloged in a single place. Until, of course, now…

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Top Twelve Text Tips
May 6, 2009 | 64 Comments | 272977 views
Top Twelve Text Tips

We’ll teach you text-handling techniques for creating top-notch Visio SmartShapes!

Virtualization Visualization with Visio
May 27, 2008 | 11 Comments | 216715 views
Virtualization Visualization with Visio

Enjoy information and links to Visio resources for creating virtualization-related network diagrams.

Go 3D with Free Isometric Piping Shapes for Visio
June 25, 2008 | 53 Comments | 201628 views
Go 3D with Free Isometric Piping Shapes for Visio

Learn about a set of shapes for creating 3D-like isometric piping diagrams that you can download for free!

Add Multiple Layers At Once With This Neat Trick
September 18, 2008 | 10 Comments | 180766 views
Add Multiple Layers At Once With This Neat Trick

Learn a handy tip for adding multiple layers to a Visio page or Visio shape in one, quick, easy operation!

Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information
October 21, 2008 | 35 Comments | 167637 views
Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information

Create more intelligent title block shapes by inserting fields into the text of your Visio shapes that automatically link to information about the document! Your title blocks will be smarter, your drawings completed more quickly, and you’ll spend less time re-keying information!

Legend Shapes
November 20, 2006 | 37 Comments | 166542 views
Legend Shapes

Learn about the Visio Legend Shape’s cool capabilities, find legend-enabled shapes in Visio, and learn how to add legend-functionality to your own Visio shapes!

Visio Network Server Shape Icon Customization Tool
September 11, 2009 | 18 Comments | 159703 views
Visio Network Server Shape Icon Customization Tool

If you’ve ever needed to customize a Visio network server shape, then today is your day. We’ve got a tool that allows you to load custom icons into server shapes lickity-split.
The tool is easy to …

Map of Europe
September 3, 2006 | 24 Comments | 155261 views
Map of Europe

Download a map of the Europe, with nicely formatted and labeled shapes.

Printing Options Gone Mad!
June 9, 2010 | 75 Comments | 154160 views
Printing Options Gone Mad!

Get a quick overview of all the dialog boxes associated with printing in Visio.

Visio 2010 Ribbon Commands Mega List
June 10, 2010 | 26 Comments | 149752 views
Visio 2010 Ribbon Commands Mega List

Easily search a list of Visio 2010’s 554 ribbon UI customization commands.

Create Visio Flowcharts Programmatically
September 13, 2006 | 48 Comments | 141218 views
Create Visio Flowcharts Programmatically

Learn how to build Visio flowcharts programatically by examining the VBA code in this article.

Work Faster With Our Top Visio Keyboard Shortcuts
April 9, 2008 | 79 Comments | 139610 views
Work Faster With Our Top Visio Keyboard Shortcuts

Work faster with these top Visio keyboard shortcuts.

Sankey Diagram Shapes for Visio
January 2, 2008 | 25 Comments | 136881 views
Sankey Diagram Shapes for Visio

Learn about Sankey diagrams, and how to create Sankey diagrams in Visio using our improved, Visio Sankey diagramming shapes!

Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector
April 21, 2010 | 31 Comments | 135361 views
Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector

Learn how to add V-shaped and U-shaped bends to your Visio Dynamic connector shapes!

Understanding Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Pivot Diagrams
November 17, 2009 | 11 Comments | 134704 views
Understanding Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Pivot Diagrams

Learn how to use Visio’s visual sibling to Excel’s Pivot Tables to import data and view it from different perspectives.

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
February 9, 2010 | 65 Comments | 129831 views
Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010

A feature lacking in Visio, like for-EVER, is the ability to align text along a connector’s path.
Now, Visio 2010’s new ShapeSheet functions and capabilities finally deliver.
Today we’ll show-off the cool new connector that I’ve developed …

Create Clean & Tidy Visio Shapes Using Images With Transparent Backgrounds
February 17, 2009 | 14 Comments | 126179 views
Create Clean & Tidy Visio Shapes Using Images With Transparent Backgrounds

Learn how to create clean & tidy Visio shapes from .png images that you get from the web! You’ll learn how to remove background clutter from the images so that your images look more like genuine Visio shapes!

Circular Text Generator (version 2)
January 5, 2008 | 63 Comments | 122781 views
Circular Text Generator (version 2)

Download this improved version of the circular text generator and make your text go in circles.

Apple iPhone Network Shape
March 23, 2008 | 22 Comments | 112578 views
Apple iPhone Network Shape

Mobile devices are a huge part of today’s corporate networks. Use this iPhone Visio network shape to accurately depict the real look of your company’s infrastructure.

SQL Server 2005 Microsoft Visio Stencils
February 4, 2010 | 16 Comments | 112558 views
SQL Server 2005 Microsoft Visio Stencils

Browse preview images of SQL Server 2005 shapes for Microsoft Visio. Take a quick glance at all 6 stencils, 6 templates, 102 master shapes and 9 out of the 34 sample drawings available in this free download!

Visio & AutoCAD
October 26, 2006 | 10 Comments | 109165 views
Visio & AutoCAD

Visio has had functionality for working with AutoCAD for several versions. Here you can jump to articles about the trials and tribulations of working with Visio together with AutoCAD.

Marketing Pyramid Shapes
October 16, 2006 | 10 Comments | 106552 views
Marketing Pyramid Shapes

Download new and improved versions of Visio’s Marketing Triangle and 3-D Pyramid shapes!

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Stencil
December 28, 2006 | 5 Comments | 104766 views
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Stencil

View and download a free stencil full of Visio shapes for diagramming your Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 projects.

Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1
February 28, 2014 | 14 Comments | 101270 views
Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1

If you’ve been frustrated by the fuzziness of AutoCAD imports in Visio 2013 at high zoom levels, then you’ll be pleased to know that the issue has been fixed with SP1.

Circular Text Generator (version 1)
October 18, 2007 | 36 Comments | 99889 views
Circular Text Generator (version 1)

Finally, you can add text to a circle inside of Visio! This is first version of a series of tools to help you get your Visio text out-of-line!

Text on a Circle Visio Shape
May 9, 2014 | 52 Comments | 98535 views
Text on a Circle Visio Shape

Many Visio users would like to create graphics with text running around a circle. I’ve come up with a third iteration to solving this problem.
This time, you get a single shape, with no need for …

Title Block #2: Let’s Make a Multi-field SmartShape!
November 19, 2008 | 16 Comments | 98013 views
Title Block #2: Let’s Make a Multi-field SmartShape!

Learn to create a Visio title block shape that has built-in fields which display information about your Visio document.

Bubble Revision Shapes
November 4, 2006 | 57 Comments | 97064 views
Bubble Revision Shapes

Learn how custom line patterns can be used to make a bubbly line pattern, perfect for denoting as-built and revisions in your technical drawings, plus download a free sample!

Crayon Network Shapes
August 11, 2008 | 11 Comments | 94620 views
Crayon Network Shapes

Lighten-up and simplify your network presentations with Visio diagrams that use these Crayon Network shapes. You’ll get a laugh from your audience, and diffuse the tension that often accompanies complicated, technical subjects!

SharePoint Planning Visio Diagrams
December 5, 2006 | 17 Comments | 92865 views
SharePoint Planning Visio Diagrams

Link to a detailed set of Visio diagrams that illustrate SharePoint models, scenarios, planning flowcharts, designs and deployment scenarios.

See New Perspectives with 3D Geometry Shapes
January 28, 2010 | 10 Comments | 92701 views
See New Perspectives with 3D Geometry Shapes

Take an up-close look at all twenty-five 3D Geometry shapes that come as part of the Visio Educational Shapes stencil set, free from Microsoft: .

Apple iPad Visio Shape
December 19, 2010 | 7 Comments | 92315 views
Apple iPad Visio Shape

Apple iPad?
There’s a shape for that!