Creating Custom Bullets in Visio
September 15, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment | 267 views

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, …

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Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!
May 1, 2010 | 6 Comments | 22045 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 | 5 Comments | 27954 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 | 24 Comments | 52896 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 | 15618 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 | 20749 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 | 47 Comments | 52629 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 | 21235 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 | 72261 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 | 51418 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 | 29456 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 | 5 Comments | 24441 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 | 27595 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 | 41540 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 | One Comment | 21255 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 | 13 Comments | 30195 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 | 15258 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 | 14992 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 | 46534 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 | 13677 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 | 21727 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 | 11076 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 | 11435 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 …

Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes
November 3, 2009 | 4 Comments | 16452 views
Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes

We all know the numbers of the months. January is Number One! July is the 7th month, and December is the 12th.
But some folks need to know which week it is, and Visio has no …

“Follow the Money” Visio Sankey Diagram
October 26, 2009 | 10 Comments | 32068 views
“Follow the Money” Visio Sankey Diagram

See how one user used line-weight to make a sophisticated Sankey diagram in Visio!

Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields
October 21, 2009 | 19 Comments | 28362 views
Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields

Do you have shapes that contain multiple colors that you’d like to easily change?
Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to specify those colors in Shape Data fields, along with other parameters for the shape?
Visio’s …

Free Visio Partner Products for IT & Process Management
October 16, 2009 | 7 Comments | 33284 views
Free Visio Partner Products for IT & Process Management

The kind folks over in Redmond have informed the Visio Guy of some deals regarding add-on products from Visio partners.
If you are an IT guy or do business process management, then you should probably check …

Getting a Handle on Selecting and Subselecting Visio Shapes
October 13, 2009 | 9 Comments | 26364 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 …

Village of 100 People Diagrams
October 1, 2009 | 9 Comments | 35353 views
Village of 100 People Diagrams

Illustrate people-related statistics with this friendly, easy-to-understand, effective visualization template–in Visio!

Visio Guy is an MVP (Again)
October 1, 2009 | 6 Comments | 11291 views
Visio Guy is an MVP (Again)

I just got an e-mail from the Mother Ship that says I’ve been renewed as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional!

Double-headed Cross Functional Flowchart
September 28, 2009 | 28 Comments | 41538 views
Double-headed Cross Functional Flowchart

Long swimlane diagrams? This template puts headers at both ends, so you don’t forget where you are!

Harrison Clarity. Just the Videos M’am.
September 11, 2009 | No Comment | 25463 views
Harrison Clarity. Just the Videos M’am.

Harry Miller, video producer. The guy who filmed: five of the biggest Visio Nerds that ever lived. He’s been busy.
Creating instructional Visio videos. With a 40’s detective theme. Short. Succinct. Cool jazz music. Just the …

Visio Network Server Shape Icon Customization Tool
September 11, 2009 | 15 Comments | 94028 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 …