How to Show the Developer Ribbon Tab (and Why)
June 19, 2015 – 2:51 pm | One Comment | 358 views

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 …

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Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields
October 21, 2009 | 22 Comments | 42576 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 | 38351 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 | 32837 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 | 41087 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 | 13032 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 | 50394 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 | 29171 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 | 112657 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 | 44427 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 | 25372 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 | 52097 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 | 38275 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 | 19009 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 | 15963 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 | 17171 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 | 22062 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 | 21100 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 | 40712 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 | 34482 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 | 32734 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 | 13650 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 | 12056 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 | 31295 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 | 50053 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 | 57441 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 | 27127 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 | 37739 views
Rate (Your) Network Diagram

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

How to Count the Number of Items in a List
May 25, 2009 | 8 Comments | 16744 views
How to Count the Number of Items in a List

=”one;two;three;four;five” So how do you know that there are five items in that list–using ShapeSheet formulas?

VBA Class Property Generator
May 20, 2009 | 5 Comments | 18958 views
VBA Class Property Generator

Stop typing “Property Let”, “Property Get” over and over and over. Let our VBA code do it for you.

Interview With a Visio Guy
May 18, 2009 | 3 Comments | 14408 views
Interview With a Visio Guy

Watch a great video about one man’s experiences using Visio and developing visual solutions on top of Visio.

Turn It Up With the NW Airlines Volume Gauge!
May 15, 2009 | 6 Comments | 17070 views
Turn It Up With the NW Airlines Volume Gauge!

Re-live that 10-hour flight to Minneapolis. Then preserve it in your Visio docs forever with this nifty volume-control Visio SmartShape.

Data Refresh on Open
May 13, 2009 | 10 Comments | 31947 views
Data Refresh on Open

Refresh your Data each and every time you open your Visio 2007 Professional Data-Connected Diagramme