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?”

ShapeSheet Shapes

A lot of people only know Visio as an app to create business diagrams with clip art and connecting lines. Some have realized you can connect the diagram to a data source like Excel and bring life to the content. Some have also realzed you can add embelishments to the shapes called Data Graphics thatContinue reading “ShapeSheet Shapes”

Venn Diagram

Today, someone asked where the Venn Diagram was in Visio. There is a support article https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-a-venn-diagram-in-visio-447d65f4-79a3-411d-811d-bfdea7f83e2d The actual description for manually creating a Venn digram is okay, but a bit of overkill. You can just create a circle duplicate it twice, move them apart and distribute them horizontally (only worry about the distance between theContinue reading “Venn Diagram”

Visio Ellipse Part 2

Rotation So, what happens when a circle rotates? The Geometry row is unchanged, but the shape angle changes and the bounding box is at an angle. To correct the bounding box, you can do Developer > Operations > Union. Now the shape looks the same as before, but if you look at the Ellipse Row,Continue reading “Visio Ellipse Part 2”

Techniques for creating Visio Shapes

Most Visio users barely scratch the surface when dealing with the product. I recently watched a video where a Visio expert dropped a shape on a page and then used the Text tool to create a label for the shape. All Visio shapes have a text block and there is a Text block tool ifContinue reading “Techniques for creating Visio Shapes”