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Link Fields to Subshape Text
February 14, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment | 328 views
Link Fields to Subshape Text

Learn how to add multiple text blocks to Visio shapes, and to dynamically display data attached to the shapes in the text shapes.

Visio 2016 Training Videos
January 31, 2018 – 4:55 pm | 2 Comments | 960 views
Visio 2016 Training Videos

I’ve provided detail outlines to this new series of Visio 2016 videos put together by Microsoft. With the outlines, you can jump straight to the videos that interest you!

Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity
December 20, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment | 1774 views
Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity

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!

Detect Drawing Units in the ShapeSheet
November 19, 2017 – 11:24 pm | 6 Comments | 4797 views
Detect Drawing Units in the ShapeSheet

Learn how to create a ShapeSheet formula that can detect the measuring units of a drawing page. Apply this information to create reactive SmartShapes that can behave nicely in both Metric or US-unit environments.

Thoughts on Surface Dial and Visio
December 14, 2016 – 10:44 am | One Comment | 13239 views
Thoughts on Surface Dial and Visio

Now that Microsoft has the new Surface Dial on offer, your non-mousehand will have something to fiddle with besides Ctrl + Z! What does it all mean?

Turning Pages in Visio
December 12, 2016 – 2:20 am | 3 Comments | 13618 views
Turning Pages in Visio

Learn how to navigate pages in Visio documents like a pro!

New Book: Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016
July 18, 2016 – 5:54 pm | One Comment | 17196 views
New Book: Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016

There’s a new book on data visualization with Visio. And it is probably as good as its title is long!
 

Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!
July 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | 3 Comments | 16910 views
Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!

Watch these videos on Visio developer-related topics to learn how Visio works under-the-hood, and control it programmatically!

Truly “No-Glue-To” Shapes
July 12, 2016 – 11:29 am | 3 Comments | 15286 views
Truly “No-Glue-To” Shapes

Learn how to create shapes that absolutely will not be glued-to by Visio’s dynamic connectors, and how to workaround an “issue” where the normal procedure fails.

Venn Bubble Diagram Hierarchy Thingamajig Template
July 11, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment | 14150 views
Venn Bubble Diagram Hierarchy Thingamajig Template

Download this free template that will help you to create a Venn-inspired, hierarchical bubble diagram using some nifty Visio SmartShapes!

Simple Cabling Shape with Length Reporting
June 6, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment | 18559 views
Simple Cabling Shape with Length Reporting

Learn how to create a simple cable shape with any arbitrary path that displays its length, even when changed or edited.

Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up
July 10, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment | 26047 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!

How to Show the Developer Ribbon Tab (and Why)
June 19, 2015 – 2:51 pm | 7 Comments | 27621 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 | 4 Comments | 25356 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 | 3 Comments | 35072 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 | 5 Comments | 32642 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 | 5 Comments | 30586 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 | 2 Comments | 38696 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 | 31 Comments | 77368 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 | 15 Comments | 71023 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 | 35804 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 | 29371 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 | 20443 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 | 48756 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 | 34307 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 | 66319 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 | 10 Comments | 35093 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 | 26 Comments | 151451 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 | 76 Comments | 158908 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 | 31 Comments | 136716 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 | 41084 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 | 13 Comments | 84887 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!