Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up
July 10, 2015 – 11:09 am | One Comment | 1646 views

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!
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Printing Options Gone Mad!
June 9, 2010 | 65 Comments | 76175 views
Printing Options Gone Mad!

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

Visio Wood Grain Fill Pattern
June 8, 2010 | 15 Comments | 34301 views
Visio Wood Grain Fill Pattern

One of my customers asked me about wood-grain fill patterns for Visio.
I had thought that Visio shipped with some wood-grain custom patterns, but when I went looking, I didn’t find much.
So…

Register Now for analystView Process-analysis Webinar
June 5, 2010 | No Comment | 56908 views
Register Now for analystView Process-analysis Webinar

Are you the type that wears I Heart BPM T-shirts? Or maybe: Give me Some BPMN Lovin’ ? Or do you just like to go around improving processes, regardless of your apparel?
Note: this event is …

Using Visio 2010 Containers & Lists to Create Server Drilldowns with Excel Data
June 5, 2010 | One Comment | 41146 views
Using Visio 2010 Containers & Lists to Create Server Drilldowns with Excel Data

Learn about new features in Visio 2010 that will help you to build better network rack diagrams, and download code to help you automate the process!

The Best Things Come in 3’s: Visio 2010, analystView, & Easier Process Improvement
June 2, 2010 | 3 Comments | 25788 views
The Best Things Come in 3’s: Visio 2010, analystView, & Easier Process Improvement

Microsoft MVP Scott Helmers introduces you to Global360’s new analystView product and explains how it will help you to easily improve your business’ processes.

Playing with the Shape of Data
May 31, 2010 | 6 Comments | 16506 views
Playing with the Shape of Data

Are you interested in data visualization, presentation and graphical representations?
Me too!
I spent this morning playing around with various visual forms, to see how well they convey information. You might enjoy my mini-study, and like to …

World Cup 2010 Team Flags Visio Multi-shape
May 30, 2010 | 2 Comments | 27858 views
World Cup 2010 Team Flags Visio Multi-shape

It’s almost here! The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa!
Time to spruce up your Visio diagrams!

Sci-fi Movie Quotes Visualized
May 27, 2010 | 4 Comments | 18982 views
Sci-fi Movie Quotes Visualized

Nathan over at FlowingData has been wasting time visualizing quotes from Sci-fi flicks.
It’s not his fault. The people at Sci Fi Wire gave him the bug.
Now I’m infected.

Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes
May 14, 2010 | One Comment | 27434 views
Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes

Web designers and AI folks need to know what colors they are using. And they need to know precisely.
Bright red, Fuchsia  and Mauve just won’t do. They need exacting names like: #FF0000, #FF00FF and #E0B0FF.
Since …

Visio 2010 Premium, Pro & Standard Add-ons List
May 5, 2010 | 3 Comments | 58825 views
Visio 2010 Premium, Pro & Standard Add-ons List

See an extensive list of all the Visio add-ons that ship with each particular edition of Visio 2010: Premium, Pro or Standard.

Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!
May 1, 2010 | 7 Comments | 27492 views
Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!

If you’re a Visio developer, then Christmas has arrived! The Visio 2010 Software Development Kit has just been made available as a free download from Microsoft.com.

3D Beveled Button Visio Smart Shape
April 22, 2010 | 6 Comments | 38201 views
3D Beveled Button Visio Smart Shape

This 3D beveled button shape looks good, no matter what color you make it. It comes with lots of options so that get it to look just right!

Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector
April 21, 2010 | 26 Comments | 77915 views
Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector

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

List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!
April 21, 2010 | 2 Comments | 21308 views
List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!

Are you developing Visio solutions that will be used across the Globe? Have you experienced strange behavior using ShapeSheet functions like INDEX, LOOKUP, SUM, RGB or others that involve lists of items?
If so, then you, …

1D Shape Handles Through the Years
March 22, 2010 | 11 Comments | 28117 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!

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
February 9, 2010 | 58 Comments | 80591 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 …

Sample Banking Scandal Visio Flowchart
February 5, 2010 | 2 Comments | 27135 views
Sample Banking Scandal Visio Flowchart

Download and play with this custom “info-graphic” style flowchart that I re-created from a newspaper article.

SQL Server 2005 Microsoft Visio Stencils
February 4, 2010 | 16 Comments | 88358 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!

See New Perspectives with 3D Geometry Shapes
January 28, 2010 | 10 Comments | 64224 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: .

Angle Shapes Help You Illustrate Geometry in Visio
January 26, 2010 | 3 Comments | 38595 views
Angle Shapes Help You Illustrate Geometry in Visio

Get a sneak peek at all the cool angle-related Visio shapes included in this free educational shapes stencil from Microsoft!

Visio 2010 Year-calendar (Jahreskalender) Template
January 20, 2010 | 7 Comments | 32323 views
Visio 2010 Year-calendar (Jahreskalender) Template

This single-sheet Viso year-calendar, or “Jahreskalendar” shows you all twelve months of the year 2010 in one compact format.

Visio 2010 Calendar Template (Premade!)
December 29, 2009 | 5 Comments | 33444 views
Visio 2010 Calendar Template (Premade!)

This pre-made calendar template has all twelve months for the year 2010 all laid out on twelve separate pages. It will save you a bunch of time and get you scheduling right away!

Faking 3D in Visio
December 10, 2009 | 10 Comments | 50772 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!

Advent Calendar 2009
November 29, 2009 | 2 Comments | 28737 views
Advent Calendar 2009

This year’s fresh, new advent calendar has 25 Visio-related goodies, hidden behind doors 1 through 25!

Get the Super-smart Visio Divided Box Shape!
November 25, 2009 | 14 Comments | 37660 views
Get the Super-smart Visio Divided Box Shape!

Visio Guy reader Sim sent me a request a few months ago for a Divided Box Shape. You know, title at the top, description in the bottom portion.
I’ve built lots of variations of this shape …

Storyboard Frame Shape
November 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | 18832 views
Storyboard Frame Shape

Download a Visio frame shape that allows you to dynamically change the border thickness and move the caption.

Visio Dino-gramming with Visrassic Dinosaur Shapes (for the kids)
November 18, 2009 | 6 Comments | 18116 views
Visio Dino-gramming with Visrassic Dinosaur Shapes (for the kids)

Get these ancient Visio dinosaur shapes, and make Visio drag-and-drop fun for the whole family!

Understanding Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Pivot Diagrams
November 17, 2009 | 10 Comments | 74646 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 | 2 Comments | 18479 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!

Top Visio Guy Downloads (as of November 2009)
November 10, 2009 | 6 Comments | 25294 views
Top Visio Guy Downloads (as of November 2009)

See what other Visio Guy readers are downloading, and see how I visualized the download statistics!

Kill the Reviewing Toolbar!
November 9, 2009 | 3 Comments | 13205 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 …

Visio 2010 Beta: Sign Up Now!
November 4, 2009 | 3 Comments | 14750 views
Visio 2010 Beta: Sign Up Now!

Register, Dave.
Dave, won’t you register?
Please register, Dave.
Dave, I think it’s time for you to register.
I think it would be best, Dave, if you would register for the Visio 2010 Beta.
Note: the beta period for …