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  1. 3 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • three key fixes to make visio more usable..

      As a long term sufferer of visio ( both my current and previous employers have had it as their default drawing package ~ 18yrs ) and given that it seems likely I will be forced to use it for some time more, I wanted to reach out to Microsoft with some suggestions that might help to get rid of all those 'visio sucks - where can I get a proper drawing program from?' messages that abound on the internet forums. So here goes:

      (1) Grids:

      Visio uses grids which have zoom in steps like 1:2:5:10. The ratios between these grids…

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      • Fix the bug causing edited MathType equations to become scrambled

        When a MathType equation is inserted as an OLE object, it remains in its original state until 1) the Visio document is closed and reopened, 2) the equation is edited, and 3) the document is closed & reopened again. If those events happen, in that order, the equation becomes scrambled and unreadable/unusable. This is a bug in Visio causing this because it only happens after the document is closed & reopened. If an equation is inserted and edited in the same Visio session, it does not become scrambled. If it is edited later, it only becomes scrambled when the document…

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          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Fix the crash issue

          Fix Visio 2016 so that it doesn't crash when a user tries to save a file.

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            0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Update all visio feedback from the feedback button in the software to link to Microsoft Edge rather than Internet Explorer

            This is a no brainer, is it not?

            Is it 2017 yet where you live? :D

            And please make it available to everyone, not just 365 customers.

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              0 comments  ·  Visio Services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Visio Hyperlinks - make it so you can cut and paste with mouse.

              Right now you HAVE to use Ctrl V to paste an internet hyperlink in Visio 2016. How very 1985 of you! Please make it so we can copy and paste a web address in the hyperlink field in Visio.

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                0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add ability to save out each tab as a separate file

                It would be great to be able to break a Visio file with lots of tabs/pages into a separate files for each tab/page without having to manually copy each one, paste it into a new project, and save it.

                In documents with lots of figures, I like to be able to work on all of them within a single file, but at the end our publications process requires breaking them back out into separate files.

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                • Change Color Palette Without Using Theme

                  We create Visio templates that have all of our device graphics (little renders of our products), power system stencils, and brand icons. This way, anyone in our company who wants to create a drawing can open up our template and have correctly sized, colored, and formatted drawing elements.

                  However, we would also like to be able to set a custom color palette so that we can display our brand colors by default when a user draws a new line, shape, or item that doesn't already exist in our template. The only way we can do this currently is to duplicate…

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                  • Allow gridlines to be visible when background color is changed

                    My coworkers and I create Visio drawings with white lines to be used on dark PPT slides. To draw everything in white, we require a colored background for relief. We also need to see the Visio gridlines as we draw.

                    In former versions of Visio, it was possible to change the color of the background canvas, and with that change, the grid lines were still visible in front of (or on top of) the color.

                    In Visio 2016, changing the background color creates a shape that sits on top of the background, obscuring the gridlines. Now the only alternative is…

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Choose a Different Canvas Color

                      In Visio 2003 it was a simple matter to change the color of the canvas. In Visio 2016 we seem to be stuck with white. I work on presentations with both light and dark backgrounds, so I need to create both white and black drawings. I can add a background layer for this purpose, but then I lose the grid lines. I can add transparency to the background to somewhat see the grid lines, but then my background color is washed out. This seems like an obvious feature, especially since an old version of Visio already had it. Please bring…

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Connection Points should be unseen, unsnappable and ungluable for shapes on Locked or Invisble layers

                        Currently all connection points become visible when attempting to glue a shape, regardless of whether the adjacent shapes are on invisible or locked layers
                        Those that are on hidden layers are however not gluable (good) but those on locked layers are (bad)
                        I suggest that these connection points should be invisible, unsnappable and ungluable for shapes on invisible and locked layers

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                          0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Default connection color

                          How about you make it easy to change the default color of connections? I can't be the first person to request this, but I actually spent time on the internet and in VISIO looking for a simple way to change the default color of connections. This should be a basic function...

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                            0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Visio Crashes when I uses "Container"... Suggest to fix!

                            If I have an amount of Flow Charts selected and then go to insert a Container to capture the Flow Charts, then Visio consistently crashes. If I do not select Flow Charts before inserting a Container it all works great.

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                              1 comment  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Fix broken Visio publishing into HTML page

                              1. Open any Visio diagram.
                              2. Selected menu to save it as HTML page.
                              3. On settings of HTML export I select: "Host in Web page" option "Basic" instead of default option "None".

                              Web page is saved fine. However, it does not open in Internet Explorer. JScript error appears. Detailed description of this bug with all screenshots is written here:

                              https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_visio-mso_other/broken-visio-publishing-into-html-page/44a8e687-73f1-4a19-a208-57ca27a8d21b

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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • AWS/Google architecture import

                                I'd like to see visio 2016 update a connector service to cloud providers in order to import stack definitions and create the diagram based on object recognition. I understand there are 3rd party services but it would be a lot safer and easier to manage these details on my thick client and store IAM/user details in visio and have visio blow out a diagram based on JSON symantics. I mean, there are tons of companies doing this but it's just bad form to store corporate data (i.e. network diagrams) on another companies farm, not to mention probably illegal for certain…

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                                • could you please add fire alarm symbols UKlike smart draw software.

                                  lot of electricians use Vision 2016 for designing fire alarm panel.
                                  there should special section for this like smartdraw software company,

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                                    0 comments  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    • Visually indicate the start and end of lines

                                      In Visio 2003, the start and the end of a line appeared slightly different when the line was selected, enabling you to immediately tell with end was the start and which was the end (for adding arrowheads, for instance). In Visio 2016 both ends are identical circles, forcing you to guess and check and put the arrowhead on the wrong end half the time. Please restore the visual indicators to the line ends.

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                                      • Allow position tool to override glue

                                        I often use the align and position tools to perfectly locate objects, and I also use glue dots for the same. However, once an object is glued, it no longer responds to these positioning tools (like it's glued down or something...). While this does make a certain amount of sense, I would very much like a setting that would allow the align and position tools to override the glue.

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                                        • C2R Installs should support MAK key

                                          The C2R installation should support MAK license activation

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