Visio on Desktop

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  1. Add option to disable "snap to shape"

    When using a connector between shapes the connection automatically snaps to the center of the shape (a box pops up indicating "snap to shape". There does not appear to be any way to disable this snapping other than entirely disabling snap.

    I want to be able to leave other snapping enabled (e.g. snap to grid) and not have the snap automatically jump to the shape. There are options to disable other individual snapping options but not this one.

    This worked fine in previous versions of Visio and makes Visio almost unusable for my application. Adding the ability to enable or…

    3 votes

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  2. Fix issue with opening links from diagram shapes (Ctrl key/function issue)

    Lately, every shape you hover over triggers a pop-up message “Ctrl + Click to follow link”, even though there is not a link associated to a shape.

    In the past, when you hovered over a shape, there would be no pop out unless there were actually hyperlinks. You would just need to click on a shape to open a hyperlink (if there was one). Now, in addition to the constant pop-up stated above, users need to click Ctrl to open a link.

    We have seen this situation appear and then disappear, which is confusing to end users and an ongoing…

    2 votes

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  3. Change object size with keyboard shortcut

    Be able to change the size of an Object with a keystroke. Some software uses Shift+Arrow, but this is already used in Visio. Choose a shortcut, and we will get used to it!

    1 vote

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  4. Please add autosave to Visio!!!

    Visio is an O365 subscription as is my OneDrive (docs and desktop are backed up and syncing). Please, for the love of God, enable the autosave of drawings to OneDrive. Why wouldn't this be the functionality to match the rest of the office apps already?

    5 votes

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  5. Make it possible to select multiple objects/shapes and be able to assign a container to them individually.

    I asked the community the following: How can I select multiple shapes in visio and assign a container to each one (the same style of container btw).

    So far I can only see the option to select either 1 object and assign it a container or select multiple objects (shapes) and assign them all to one container.

    Is it possible?

    I'm using visio professional version 1902, using a Surface Pro.

    I received a response from a MS contact stating it is not possible and that I should suggest it here.

    thanks

    1 vote

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  6. Make collaborative editing possible (like in Excel, Power Point etc.)

    It would be very helpful to collaborate on Visio models in the desktop client like it is possible in Excel, Power Point or Word.
    It would be a huge benefit to look together with colleagues at the same file and see the changes in real-time in my desktop app. A lot of other modelling tools like Miro are a big Step ahead of Visio regarding collaborative work.

    1 vote

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  7. Add Decision Model and Notation (DMN)

    The following is taken from https://www.omg.org/dmn/

    DMN is a modeling language and notation for the precise specification of business decisions and business rules. DMN is easily readable by the different types of people involved in decision management. These include: business people who specify the rules and monitor their application; business analysts.

    DMN is designed to work alongside BPMN and/or CMMN, providing a mechanism to model the decision-making associated with processes and cases. While BPMN, CMMN and DMN can be used independently, they were carefully designed to be complementary. Indeed, many organizations require a combination of process models for their prescriptive…

    2 votes

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  8. Add Customer Journey Map to the available template

    Add the Customer Journey Map template and elements to capture the customer experience, expectation, objective and interaction with the company business processes. This can be linked to the company process modelled in BPMN

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  9. Quick Parts for Reusing Custom Styles

    Currently, when I define a custom style, it does not become part of the Visio program itself, but rather part of the drawing file in which I defined the style.

    Instead of saving the drawing as a Visio template or manually copying custom styles from one visio file to another, can Quick Parts be made available (currently in Microsoft Word) where I can save the custom style I created to a Quick Part gallery so it's always reusable in Visio, regardless of the file I have open.

    1 vote

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  10. Not able to change the line width of any symbol in Electrical Engineering stencil

    I earlier used Visio 2013 and was satisfied except a few problems. Then I bought the latest Professional 2019 and now am highly frustrated. Any symbol I use from the Electrical stencil has a fixed line width. I can change the line width of the connector but not the symbol/component.

    2 votes

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  11. ShapeSheet search

    While in ShapeSheet, allow the user to open a search dialog box via right-click menu or CTRL+F. The search would allow for the parameter name, formula, or Values.

    1 vote

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  12. I want to insert earlier date than December 30, 1899

    Use Visio to make a timeline of historical events, but the time can only start on December 30, 1899

    2 votes

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  13. Sorting list containers

    Visio containers can be lists. The only suggestion so far on the Visio forums is to copy the list to Word and sort, but what happens if the list is not words but shapes?
    I live List containers because I can easily stack shapes.
    The arrow keys help when I need to reorder.
    Sort by shape name or selected custom property.

    1 vote

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  14. corporate orgcharts

    There have bee requests for Corporate Orgcharts. It displays the relationship between companies.
    Point Visio at a description of the organization in Visio and create the chart. Difference to regular orgchart? multiple bosses , showing the percentage ownership of a company for multiple owners.

    1 vote

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  15. Diode bridge in Visio

    There should be an electircal element called diode bridge. This element is used a lot in electrical circuts and it's composed of four diodes.

    2 votes

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  16. Make Azure and AWS stencils available on Visio desktop

    Visio online has updated Azure and AWS stencils, but they are not available for the desktop version.

    1 vote

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  17. allow a part of a grouped Master to avoid being scaled with the rest of the Group

    Please fix the bug or oversight that does not allow a part of a grouped Master to avoid being scaled with the rest of the Group

    When I "group" any protected shapes with other shapes, their protections are overridden. For example, if the protected shape is in a group, and I scale the group size, the "protected" shape scales. (!!)

    This was confirmed by MS here:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msofficevisio-msowin10-mso_o365b/keep-a-shapes-protections-when-shape-is-in-a-group/63ea69f3-3859-40ce-a0ff-ab85be306e1d

    1 vote

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  18. How about Auto Save!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I lost all of my work because Microsoft cant even put auto save on their software!!!!

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  19. auto contour creation

    I would like to pick a line or arc and drag it. While I am dragging it, contour line would be created in staggering intervals. so, the person using this would drag a line to the center of what would be cylinder or curved surface and the would see 3 lines or arcs ghost out from the copied line. The interval of the lines would be 1 unit of distance then the 2nd line would be 2 units, the 3rd would be 4 units and there would be 7 units between the last line and the final pick point. The…

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  20. Support multidimensional drawings

    I frequently use Visio to create architecture diagrams for computer systems. These diagrams often have multiple levels to them and it would be helpful for Visio to represent these. For example, I'll often use a cloud shape to represent Azure or AWS and then I put shapes within it to represent services they're running. The problem is that this often leads to a busy drawing that's difficult to consume.

    It would be helpful to be able to zoom in to the cloud shape and place the shapes for services within it, similar to how one can zoom in and out…

    3 votes

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