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Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up
July 10, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment | 799 views
Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up

Visio has incredibly useful functions for slicing and merging shapes. But sometimes these shapes leave artifacts that can be a pain to clean up. Check out this simple trick to make it less painful!
Huh? What …

How to Show the Developer Ribbon Tab (and Why)
June 19, 2015 – 2:51 pm | 2 Comments | 1223 views
How to Show the Developer Ribbon Tab (and Why)

Many of the tips and tricks that I talk about (or want to talk about) on this site require the Developer Ribbon Tab. Find out how to turn it on, and what good it will …

Visio Minions SmartShape Concept
June 16, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment | 1951 views
Visio Minions SmartShape Concept

Today I had the idea to make a Minions Visio SmartShape. I was primarily interested in controlling eye movement using ShapeSheet techniques.
As a responsible adult, I probably don’t (shouldn’t) have the time to finish it …

Text Outlines in Visio
March 1, 2015 – 8:00 pm | 2 Comments | 6250 views
Text Outlines in Visio

If you’ve ever wondered how to convert text to paths or vectors in Visio, then this article is for you–although the solution might not be what you expected!

Circles in Circle 1
November 18, 2014 – 1:50 pm | 2 Comments | 7269 views
Circles in Circle 1

In this first of a series of posts, we’ll use built-in Visio functionality to arrange small circles around the perimeter of a larger circle, at equal intervals.

Visio Handles through the Ages
September 16, 2014 – 11:08 am | 3 Comments | 7651 views
Visio Handles through the Ages

Microsoft changes the look of Visio’s user interface from time to time. Most of the uproar came for Visio 2010 with the introduction of the dreaded Ribbon.
But Microsoft has also made changes to Visio’s shape-manipulation …

Creating Custom Bullets in Visio
September 15, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment | 10225 views
Creating Custom Bullets in Visio

A customer/fan asked me the other day how to create custom bullets in Visio using a character he’d carefully selected from the Wingdings font. He had dug his way deep into the text editing dialog, …

On the Road with Surface Pro 3
July 8, 2014 – 6:26 am | 28 Comments | 32647 views
On the Road with Surface Pro 3

In this ongoing series of posts, I’ll relate my experiences and impressions of life with my shiny-new Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet/ultrabook.

Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Book is Here!
May 19, 2011 – 3:09 pm | 14 Comments | 23338 views
Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Book is Here!

Using Microsoft Visio 2010 is my introductory book on mastering the latest incarnation of Visio. Come help me celebrate its publication!

How to Publish Visio 2010 Drawings to a SharePoint Site
September 2, 2010 – 5:43 pm | 3 Comments | 27676 views
How to Publish Visio 2010 Drawings to a SharePoint Site

Are you a Visio user?
Is your company using SharePoint Server 2010?
Wonder how you can make them work together?

Take Control of Visio Window Arrangement with AquaSnap!
August 1, 2010 – 10:11 pm | 4 Comments | 20622 views
Take Control of Visio Window Arrangement with AquaSnap!

Read how the AquaSnap utility can be used to help you more easily arrange Visio child windows, and with greater control!

SharePoint 2010, PowerPivot, Visio 2010 & Real Estate
July 12, 2010 – 7:07 am | No Comment | 15352 views
SharePoint 2010, PowerPivot, Visio 2010 & Real Estate

There’s a lot of buzz lately about Visio Services for SharePoint 2010.
It looks like it’s appeared on the Real Estate industry’s radar, as they seek to use tools to make their business more efficient.

Visio 2010 Flowchart Shapes Get Smarter
July 1, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 10 Comments | 34393 views
Visio 2010 Flowchart Shapes Get Smarter

Learn how Visio 2010’s flowchart shapes have gotten smarter and save you work!

Visio 2010 Backstage Options Mega List
June 28, 2010 – 9:25 am | 4 Comments | 24472 views
Visio 2010 Backstage Options Mega List

Find the Visio 2010 setting or option that you need with our searchable mega list of all items in the Backstage options area!

Jump to Any Page With Visio SmartShapes
June 24, 2010 – 2:55 pm | 26 Comments | 42835 views
Jump to Any Page With Visio SmartShapes

Read about an interesting ShapeSheet technique to help you navigate big documents more easily.

Menus to Ribbons: Find Commands in Office 2010!
June 23, 2010 – 1:11 pm | 9 Comments | 25430 views
Menus to Ribbons: Find Commands in Office 2010!

Get resources for translating old Visio and Office menu commands to Office 2010 ribbons.

Visio 2010 Ribbon Commands Mega List
June 10, 2010 – 1:04 pm | 23 Comments | 107954 views
Visio 2010 Ribbon Commands Mega List

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

Printing Options Gone Mad!
June 9, 2010 – 1:52 pm | 65 Comments | 73863 views
Printing Options Gone Mad!

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

Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector
April 21, 2010 – 3:19 pm | 26 Comments | 75602 views
Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector

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

1D Shape Handles Through the Years
March 22, 2010 – 1:49 pm | 11 Comments | 27523 views
1D Shape Handles Through the Years

Learn how to distinguish “1D” shape handles in Visio, so you can tell where a line-style shape begins and where it ends!

Faking 3D in Visio
December 10, 2009 – 5:25 pm | 10 Comments | 50015 views
Faking 3D in Visio

In this Visio Tutorial, you’ll learn how to use drawing tools to create a 3D effect of an arrow poking through a 3D plane!

Understanding Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Pivot Diagrams
November 17, 2009 – 5:59 pm | 10 Comments | 73415 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.

Remove Backgrounds From Images With Office 2010!
November 11, 2009 – 11:13 am | 2 Comments | 18011 views
Remove Backgrounds From Images With Office 2010!

The upcoming release of Office 2010 from Microsoft has a cool feature that helps you to remove backgrounds from images. Now you can cut yourself out of a picture and place it into your Visio diagrams, while the background details show through!

Kill the Reviewing Toolbar!
November 9, 2009 – 5:28 am | 3 Comments | 13034 views
Kill the Reviewing Toolbar!

Do you ever have this problem?
Every time you open a particular Visio diagram, the Review toolbar pops up. No matter how many times you close it, reset the toolbars and menus or scream, it never …

Getting a Handle on Selecting and Subselecting Visio Shapes
October 13, 2009 – 12:28 pm | 9 Comments | 33555 views
Getting a Handle on Selecting and Subselecting Visio Shapes

Did you know that Visio allows you to select shapes inside of groups and manipulate them without ungrouping or opening new windows?
The feature is convenient and powerful, but the visual cues that tell you what …

Visio Network Server Shape Icon Customization Tool
September 11, 2009 – 12:48 pm | 15 Comments | 114654 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 …

Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects
September 9, 2009 – 4:10 pm | 11 Comments | 45420 views
Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects

Learn two methods for creating sophisticated fill patterns for your Visio shapes!

Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier
July 22, 2009 – 7:59 am | 2 Comments | 22348 views
Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier

It’s easy to use Visio and not notice some of the things that make it a great diagramming application.
One great feature is how shapes resize–or more aptly–how parts of shapes resize. If you’ve wondered about …

Draw Tangent Lines in Visio!
July 2, 2009 – 5:02 am | 8 Comments | 31798 views
Draw Tangent Lines in Visio!

What? Visio has a curve-to-curve tangent tool? Find out how to use it in this exciting video.

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III
February 25, 2009 – 2:00 pm | 5 Comments | 14891 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III

Today, we continue with the movie-trilogy theme, but concentrate on advanced tips for importing and working with multiple shapes automatically.
This is the third and final piece in our trilogy of articles on Visio data graphics …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part II
February 24, 2009 – 9:52 am | No Comment | 17615 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part II

Today we’re going to talk about adorning Visio shapes with data graphics, and the extreme flexibility that Visio data graphics offer.
This is slightly different than what we discussed previously in Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I. …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I
February 23, 2009 – 12:42 pm | 3 Comments | 29637 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I

Learn how to create a bar-graph Visio shape which visually responds to data. Once you’ve built this SmartShape, we’ll then show you how to link it to external data imported from Excel!