Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape
November 25, 2015 – 12:44 pm | 6 Comments | 1851 views

Download a clever Visio SmartShape that sizes text to fit rectangles of any dimension!

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Top Visio Guy Downloads (as of November 2009)
November 10, 2009 | 6 Comments | 26564 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 | 14021 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 | 16182 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 | 22453 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 | 11 Comments | 49201 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 | 22 Comments | 47600 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 | 41529 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 | 16 Comments | 37540 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 | 10 Comments | 45325 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 | 14429 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 | 55546 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 | 31317 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 | 125023 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 | 11 Comments | 50978 views
Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects

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

Visio Spectrum Shape
September 2, 2009 | 5 Comments | 28460 views
Visio Spectrum Shape

A rainbow spectrum can really liven-up a diagram and clarify a point that you are trying to make.
Whether you are trying to illustrate a broad band of choices or options, talking about a range of …

Visio 2010 SharePoint Workflows
August 10, 2009 | 12 Comments | 56167 views
Visio 2010 SharePoint Workflows

Visio 2010 includes a new template for Microsoft SharePoint Workflows. See what they look like, and find out what’s going on behind the scenes!

Visio 2010 Master Icons Get a Facelift!
August 6, 2009 | 14 Comments | 41493 views
Visio 2010 Master Icons Get a Facelift!

The end of an age of terror is nigh!
Visio 2010 creates a live preview of your master shapes so you don’t have to fiddle and futz around. You don’t have to waste time and effort …

Visio 2010 Live Preview – Formatting & Themes
July 28, 2009 | 4 Comments | 21300 views
Visio 2010 Live Preview – Formatting & Themes

See how Visio 2010 lets you preview formatting changes LIVE! See shapes change color and text change size and font family as your mouse hovers over options!

Visio 2010 Live Preview for Layout – Cool, Smooth Animations
July 27, 2009 | No Comment | 17675 views
Visio 2010 Live Preview for Layout – Cool, Smooth Animations

See how Visio 2010 does layout by easing your shapes into new positions with smooth, creamy animation!

Top 10 Visio Things That Have Nothing To Do With Visio
July 24, 2009 | 5 Comments | 18663 views
Top 10 Visio Things That Have Nothing To Do With Visio

Visio isn’t just Visio, you know?

Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier
July 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | 24145 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 …

Run For Your Lives! Clippy Is Back!
July 17, 2009 | 4 Comments | 23597 views
Run For Your Lives! Clippy Is Back!

Your life is hard. You work hard all day. You attend endless meetings. You sit through HR sensitivity training. Life is stressful.
Microsoft Office 2010 is coming soon; SharePoint and Visio are getting the Ribbon. Life …

What’s My Shape’s ID?
July 15, 2009 | 10 Comments | 48175 views
What’s My Shape’s ID?

Find out what Sheet.1, Sheet.27 and Sheet.362 are called.

Visio Services and SharePoint 2010
July 14, 2009 | 3 Comments | 37635 views
Visio Services and SharePoint 2010

Office 2010 betas are starting to hit customers hands (one way or another) and the buzz about Microsoft’s next big release is starting to pick up.
I just watched a video that presented an overview of …

Automatically Number & Connect Shapes – With Code!
July 13, 2009 | 9 Comments | 38831 views
Automatically Number & Connect Shapes – With Code!

Connect shapes in numerical-order at the press of a button! Then download the VBA code to see how it’s done!

Top Visio Guy Posts
July 9, 2009 | One Comment | 15560 views
Top Visio Guy Posts

Find out which articles other Visio Guy readers have been reading.

Don’t Read! Watch Videos of Visio MVPs Instead!
July 8, 2009 | 5 Comments | 13120 views
Don’t Read! Watch Videos of Visio MVPs Instead!

Hear what 5 of the biggest Visio Nerds that ever lived have to say about their favorite diagramming app.

Draw Tangent Lines in Visio!
July 2, 2009 | 8 Comments | 34101 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.

Twitter @WordCloud #Visio
June 30, 2009 | No Comment | 52251 views
Twitter @WordCloud #Visio

We want word clouds too! Here’s a first step towards getting them in Visio.

User Experience Shapes From UserFocus
June 19, 2009 | 5 Comments | 62168 views
User Experience Shapes From UserFocus

Get a cool, free Visio stencil full of people, office and document shapes for illustrating your ux research plan and process.

Send All Connectors to Back
June 17, 2009 | 3 Comments | 30727 views
Send All Connectors to Back

Stop “Shift + Clicking”. Start selecting all connectors on the page USING CODE. Then do something to them!

Rate (Your) Network Diagram
June 15, 2009 | 6 Comments | 41658 views
Rate (Your) Network Diagram

Find out how bad your network diagram sucks, or tell someone else how bad their network diagram sucks.