Visio Background Check

Another interesting question from the Visio section of Answers. The user wanted to find the background colour of a page. He was using the Backgrounds tab on the Design ribbon. This creates a background page with a name like VBackground-1. So, what he was looking for was the colour of the first shape on theContinue reading “Visio Background Check”

Just cut the RED wire

I have been working on a twisted pair Line Pattern for wires in Visio and I ran into a problem. I wanted to highlight the wires by adding an ouline to it but as it stretched the Fill patterns, there appeared vertical lines every time the pattern repeated. (The horizontal lines in the below imageContinue reading “Just cut the RED wire”

Mea Culpa Graham Wideman

For several decades I have been incorrectly quoting Graham on what I thought was a neat technique with Visio line patterns. It is, but I messed up. When you create Visio Line Patterns, the areas that are black will use the shapes line colour, so if you really want black, you have to use “almostContinue reading “Mea Culpa Graham Wideman”

My Friends think I am Twisted

Recently, fellow Visio MVP Scott Helmers asked me if I had a line pattern that represented twisted pair wires. I mentioned that there was one in the collection of line patterns John GoldSmith talked about in 2008. Unfortunately, the example was a loose pair, so I decided to create my own. If you look atContinue reading “My Friends think I am Twisted”

Time to do the laundry

I am always on the look out for new candidates for Visio. More than a decade ago, I came across a series of symbols for laundry. What intrigued me was the washing shape. It had a series of dots to indicate maximum temperature going from one to six dots. Rather than two rows of three,Continue reading “Time to do the laundry”

Shape Data or Context Menu? Why not both?

In Visio 2010, the Visio team added a Flyout Child cell to the Context menu of a shape. John Goldsmith did a good write up. Visio 2010 custom context menu So, if you are building a Visio shape, you have two ways of controlling how a shape behaves, the context menu or by using ShapeContinue reading “Shape Data or Context Menu? Why not both?”