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Creating Custom Bullets in Visio
September 15, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment | 125 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 | 24 Comments | 7044 views
On the Road with Surface Pro 3

In this ongoing post, 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 | 13 Comments | 17336 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 | 22839 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 | 17059 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 | 13325 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 | 27639 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 | 19932 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 | 24 Comments | 30918 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 | 8 Comments | 20797 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 | 22 Comments | 89128 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 | 52 Comments | 53163 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 | 24 Comments | 52723 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 | 20700 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 | 41479 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 | 46276 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 | 13649 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 | 11063 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 | 8 Comments | 26288 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 | 93826 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 | 35324 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 | 18377 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 | 6 Comments | 26569 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 | 12665 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 | 15390 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 | 2 Comments | 25948 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!

Create Clean & Tidy Visio Shapes Using Images With Transparent Backgrounds
February 17, 2009 – 11:54 am | 11 Comments | 80504 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!

Amazon Kindle 2 Visio Network Shape
February 10, 2009 – 3:08 pm | 3 Comments | 28019 views
Amazon Kindle 2 Visio Network Shape

I think the time is overdue for another “vanity” Visio network shape.
And since Amazon.com has been making a lot of noise lately about its new Kindle 2 book reader, I’ve been inspired to oblige.
This version …

Super Mask Visio Clipping Shape
November 28, 2008 – 4:39 pm | 12 Comments | 25314 views
Super Mask Visio Clipping Shape

Download a Visio SmartShape that allows you to mask/clip your drawings and diagrams. You can temporarily highlight just a particular portion of the drawing without being distracted by the rest of the details.

Visio Multi-shapes
November 10, 2008 – 1:08 am | 7 Comments | 53481 views
Visio Multi-shapes

Learn about Visio Multi-shapes, where to find them, how to use them, and how they can save you time!

Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information
October 21, 2008 – 11:51 am | 28 Comments | 74506 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!

Add Multiple Layers At Once With This Neat Trick
September 18, 2008 – 1:24 pm | 10 Comments | 85545 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!