Braille Cell

This is an example of how to create a Visio shape that represents a Braille Cell. There is also a Container shape to string a series of Braille Cells together.

Christmas Lights

This is an example of how a custom line pattern can be used to represent Christmas Lights.


This is an Excel file of more than 4,700 colours. It contains the name and RGB values. It is inclusive so there are duplicates but the RGB values may differ and the RGBvalues may have different names. The file also contains reference to the collection names that provided some of the colours.

Connection Strip

This was to answer a question in Visio User Voice about distributed conection points.

DoCmd Codes

DoCmd codes. What is DoCmd(1312)? This download is a tab delimited text file that contains a list of codes that can be used with the DoCmd. The file can be loaded into Excel and sorted by command name or command number.  

EE switch shape

To answer a question in the Answers forum, this is a sample shape to show how one of the EE shapes can be embellished.  

Ethernet Shape

This is a modified version of the Ethernet shape with no internal lines. All lines connected to the Ethernet shape are terminated at the edge of the Ethernet shape.


This is a stencil that contains several line paterns of feet.

Format Code Shape

This a Visio shape that has a collection of Format Codes in User Cells.

Updated August 22, 2021…


This is a stencil that contains a gauge (or meter) with a moveable dial.

Graham Wideman’s Book Addendum

This is an Excel spreadsheet of part of the main table from Graham’s 2003 book, that includes RowType. New items are highlighted in blue.

Halloween Shapes

Here is a set of pumpkin carving shapes for the season.

Inclusive Design

Microsoft has a website on Inclusive Design. This is a set of Visio shapes and PowerPoint shapes.


This is a set of Visio shapes that should match the symbols used in laundry instructions.

Map of Canada

This Visio drawing contains a Map of Canada with separate shapes for each province and title.

Map of Spain

This Visio drawing contains a Map of Spain with separate shapes for each province and title.

Map of UK

This Visio drawing contains a UK Map segmented by counties. The map is not perfect.

Map of US

This Visio drawing contains a US Map segmented by state..

Parking Stall

This Visio drawing contains a shape for diagonal stalls to answer an Answer question. This shape properly flips.

Phone Data Jack

When drawing up blueprints, symbols are used to represent what items are. Rather than a simple X to mark a jack, the symbol can represent the type of jack it is and since it is not easy to see in an overview plan, whether the jack is wall mounted, Ceiling mounted or floor mounted.


This stencil contains a shape that creates a polygon. The shape has a pair of custom properties that specify the number of sides and the length of each side.

Pool Table

One of Visio’ strength is that it is more than clipart. This stencil contains a pool table shape, that has smarts to control the cloth colour and adjust to a variety of standard pool table sizes.

Railroad,Rainbow, Stream

Here are three Visio Line Patterns. Railroad tracks, rainbow and a stream.

Security Badge

This is a very generic looking security badge that can be used in a workflow to show that a security badge is created or required. The colour of the badge can be changed so that in the workflow, different type of badges can be created or used. In one workflow you may only be creating a low security badge so the colour of the badge could be yellow. In another part of the workflow, you may want to show the requirement of a high security badge by setting the shape to red.

Sines and Cosine

This Visio drawing contains four line patterns for drawing Sines and Cosines. One pair will replicate the pattern as it is stretched and the other will just stretch.

System Thinking

System Thinking Stencil.

Theatre Lighting

This is a collection of lighting shapes for Theatre Lighting based on “USITT RP-2 Recommended Practice for Theatrical Lighting Design Graphics.”

Twisted Pair Wires

This is a line pattern for twisted pair wires as described in my December 2020 post.
The file has been updated to the latest version of the Custom Line Pattern. (Jan 2021)

Visual Visio Sections

This is a Word document of Visual Visio Sections and the CellsSRC() results. Cells that are not exposed in the visual section are highlighted in red.

Feb 5, 2023: This is an update that includes more sections and basic descriptions from the online documentation.


This is a phone keyboard Visio shape for a VRU (Voice Response Unit) flowchart. It is not as smart as I wanted, but it is a start. The Visio drawing contains a few drawings that show how a VRU flowchart would look. The flowcharts do NOT use the new keyboard.

Weather HeartBeat

These are four common weather fronts as Visio Line patterns. |For fun I threw in a line pattern for a heartbeat.

WP Accent Colours

This is an example of how to implement the Windows Phone colours in Visio. The colours are stored in the document shapesheet.

A bunch of shapes

I was asked to convert a graphic file to Visio shapes.

Online education and e-learning decorative icons set isolated vector illustration

Male Female Symbols

I was asked about Male / Female symbols in the Answers forum.