Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up
July 10, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment | 876 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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Turn It Up With the NW Airlines Volume Gauge!
May 15, 2009 | 6 Comments | 17358 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 | 32482 views
Data Refresh on Open

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

Visio Viewer for Developers
May 11, 2009 | 3 Comments | 32916 views
Visio Viewer for Developers

Use the free Visio Viewer to look at Visio files…or as a control in your own custom application.

Radial Sankey Diagrams
May 8, 2009 | 14 Comments | 49829 views
Radial Sankey Diagrams

Voice your opinion on a new idea for visualizing flows.

Top Twelve Text Tips
May 6, 2009 | 58 Comments | 190621 views
Top Twelve Text Tips

We’ll teach you text-handling techniques for creating top-notch Visio SmartShapes!

Microsoft Office 14 Timeline
May 4, 2009 | 14 Comments | 45510 views
Microsoft Office 14 Timeline

Play with this hand-made Visio time-line and get nebulous details on Microsoft’s schedule for Office 2010 at the same time.

Happy Pi Day…Sort Of
May 1, 2009 | 6 Comments | 29549 views
Happy Pi Day…Sort Of

Shapes have geometry, geometry has circles, circles have curves. Let’s talk about all-things-round in Visio!

Get Visio 2007 Service Pack 2
April 29, 2009 | No Comment | 11923 views
Get Visio 2007 Service Pack 2

Find out which bugs they fixed, and where to download SP2 for Vis 2007.

Bonjour, Visio en Français!
April 27, 2009 | 6 Comments | 9517 views
Bonjour, Visio en Français!

Michel Laplace is a Visio MVP and just started a new Visio expert site in French. Vous le trouverez ici…

Number Your Pages Visually…Some More
April 24, 2009 | 2 Comments | 11000 views
Number Your Pages Visually…Some More

50%, 60%, 70% Get this cool progress-bar style page numbering SmartShape

Analyze Connectivity Between Process Flows
April 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | 24218 views
Analyze Connectivity Between Process Flows

Learn how VBA code can be used to detect connections between shapes and traverse paths through diagrams.

Eight Places to Watch Visio Videos
April 21, 2009 | No Comment | 17093 views
Eight Places to Watch Visio Videos

Take advantage of that fat band-width pipe you’re paying for and find out where the best on-line videos about Visio are.

Take Note With the Visio Sticky Note Shape
April 17, 2009 | 9 Comments | 36349 views
Take Note With the Visio Sticky Note Shape

Stick it to your Visio diagrams with this Post-it note SmartShape that you can show and hide at will.

Number Your Pages Visually
April 15, 2009 | 7 Comments | 27338 views
Number Your Pages Visually

Show status with dots and circles instead of numbers, silly!

Rack Server Virtualization Add-in
April 14, 2009 | 9 Comments | 68749 views
Rack Server Virtualization Add-in

Learn about a new add-in for Visio 2007 Professional from Microsoft. This Add-In will help you plan your hardware utilization by generating before- and after detailed views of your racks and servers.

Wake Up Your Audience With Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire
April 10, 2009 | 4 Comments | 21863 views
Wake Up Your Audience With Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire

Everybody knows (and loves?) the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
It has great graphics and an addictive format that you could use to add spice to your PowerPoint presentations.
And since a lot of …

Path Analysis in Visio
April 8, 2009 | 11 Comments | 50000 views
Path Analysis in Visio

Download a Visio file packed with sample VBA code that will help you understand not only connectors and connecting in Visio, but also path analysis as well!

Visio Squircles
April 2, 2009 | 4 Comments | 18066 views
Visio Squircles

Download a Visio shape that resolves the conflict between the straight and the curved, between circle and square. With the Visio Squircle, your diagrams will look modern and retro at the same time!

Get Amazing Results With Hidden Function (April Fool’s)
April 1, 2009 | 6 Comments | 12626 views
Get Amazing Results With Hidden Function (April Fool’s)

The other day, I was poking around my system, opening .dlls and .exes with Notepad to see if anything interesting popped up.
One file buried in Visio’s installation directory hit paydirt: visaflfn.dll

Run Circles Around Your Text With the Circle-text Title SmartShape
March 27, 2009 | 7 Comments | 32428 views
Run Circles Around Your Text With the Circle-text Title SmartShape

The other day, I visited one of my favorite coffee houses in Munich: Aran. While sipping my mocha, the logo on the cup gave me the idea for a Visio SmartShape:
A title shape that automatically …

Map of Ireland
March 17, 2009 | No Comment | 19342 views
Map of Ireland

Download a Visio map of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

NCAA Final Four Interactive Visio Tournament Bracket
March 16, 2009 | 7 Comments | 31967 views
NCAA Final Four Interactive Visio Tournament Bracket

Download this interactive NCAA Final Four Visio bracket and track your favorite teams as they rise or fall in this year’s March madness!

Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText
March 10, 2009 | 16 Comments | 23412 views
Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText

Learn a ShapeSheet trick that lets you convert Visio shape text to meaningful numbers and quantities, and build a calculator that accepts free-form text as input.

DIP Switch Shapes Gone Wild!
February 28, 2009 | 5 Comments | 30707 views
DIP Switch Shapes Gone Wild!

Recently in the Visio Guy Newsgroups, user Ziorg77 submitted a wonderful Visio SmartShape of a DIP switch, where you could toggle each of the eight switches individually.
This led to a flurry of discussion, and several …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III
February 25, 2009 | 5 Comments | 14916 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 | No Comment | 17640 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 | 3 Comments | 29665 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 | 13 Comments | 98142 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 Comments | 32258 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 …

Design Web Pages With This Visio Breadcrumbs Shape
February 3, 2009 | 6 Comments | 38805 views
Design Web Pages With This Visio Breadcrumbs Shape

Learn about a free Visio Breadcrumb Shape that is feature-packed, fun to use, and will speed up your web-site designs!

Title Block #3: Smart Tabs, Smart Text
January 23, 2009 | 7 Comments | 45027 views
Title Block #3: Smart Tabs, Smart Text

Learn how to create Visio title block shapes with field labels and values, all neatly arranged using intelligent smart tab stops.

Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature
January 22, 2009 | 4 Comments | 15386 views
Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature

Learn about conditional formatting of Visio SmartShapes, and enjoy an ancient treat from the dusty, musty Visio archives!