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  1. Resolve the problem with "ms-visio nft" (New From Template)

    “Using the Visio ms-visio:nft function does not set the Save As location.

    For example, when using...

    ms-visio:nft|u|https://[path]/Test.vstx|s|https://[path]

    This should create a new Visio drawing based on the template given, and set the default save location to that specified with the 's' command.

    What happens though is the Visio file is created, but the default save location is NOT set which is a major problem for our integration.

    This doesn't work for any Visio template. We can reproduce on any version of Visio and with local and http file locations.

    There is no error reported.

    Note: the same function DOES…

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      1 comment  ·  Extensibility & API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a native Mac OS X version

      Create a native Mac OS X version

      6 votes
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        1 comment  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add opportunity for create custom properties in document's advanced properties window

        Using fields in MS Visio is great opportunity!!!
        Users often needs use many fields in global document-level.
        For example in MS Word application in Advanced properties window of document, you can find tab named Custom. In this tab users can add so many customer properties as they need. Users can use values of these custom properties in fields in document content.
        Now we can use ShapeSheet cells in Document level (a.k.a TheDoc), but it is way for advanced users. If developers add this opportunity it makes using fields in MS Visio documents more user-friendly!
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        Использование полей в MS Visio…

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          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Active User Report

          Please provide an Active User Report similar to the main O365 components (EXO, SPO, etc…) that displays the “Last Activity Date” for a user. This helps us track our user adoption. It also will allow us to track who is no longer using their license so we can redistribute them to different users.

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          • Add capability of: sorting stencils alphabetically and also resize the stencil task pane

            Have you tried to use Visio in a big scree monitor? It is almost impossible as the stencils are so small! There is no way that I can make the icons on the selection pane large.
            Also, why can't I sort the stencils alphabetically? It would help a lot specially when I know what I am looking at.
            Example: Get the Azure Visio Stencil package. So many icons without sorting capability is painful!

            2 votes
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            • Turn Off Dynamic Glue Feature (Green Box)

              Allow the ability to turn off the Dynamic Glue feature that prevents the placement of connectors on shapes if another shape is behind or adjacent to the one you want to link. It was a feature on 2007 & 2010 but was removed on 2013 & 2016

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              • Allow separate windows for the same source document

                For multi-monitor setups allowing child windows to be separated from the single host app window would be extremely useful, as per Excel: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2013/02/07/open-excel-workbooks-in-separate-windows-and-view-them-side-by-side/, or, ideally, using Visual Studio's tear off windows, out of the main app into some spare screen space.

                Although you can stretch the app window across multiple monitors the break between two monitors never sits in the right place (ie the break between two child windows) and so you end up using a single monitor.

                In Visio, it's common to have multiple ShapeSheet windows open at once, either displaying master and instance, or one for each…

                16 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Private use unicode characters like Segoe MDL2 Assets

                  Your colleague Mike Jacobs at the UWP team asked me to file this report. I hope my voice finally gets heart:

                  Visio used to be a good tool to design windows screen concepts. Therefore it's very surprising, that even the newest Viso 2016 doesn't support Microsofts recommended new way of using icons in the UWP world. Have an update: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/design/style/segoe-ui-symbol-font#how-do-i-get-this-font

                  Nowadays Microsoft shares all its icons in a font named "Segoe MDL2 Assets". Each icon is a character of the font in its private use section.

                  Check the links on that page for the exact malfunctional behavior: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/windows-uwp/issues/779#issuecomment-409345297

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                  • Add "Table Report" on database property back to Visio 2016

                    Hi following this article online and found that it would be very much helpful if we have this functionality in the Visio version of 2016.

                    _http://www.leerichardson.com/2007/05/export-visio-database-table-names-to.html

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                      1 comment  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Visio 64 Bit version

                      I use Office 365 64bit, and i cannot install visio, i use 64bit to open 1M row excel file so i wont go back to 32 bit.

                      5 votes
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                      • Hyperlink button bug

                        When you add or change a hyperlink on an item you have to select the hyperlink button twice before the menu opens. It should open the first time you select the hyperlink button. Visio 2016.

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                        • Ability to color tabs in Visio

                          In the same way you can color tabs in Excel, it would be helpful to have that feature in Visio. It's helpful when reviewing comments or addressing comments from teammates. When I am complete with a tab, I could color it green for tracking purposes.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove the defects in the text editing from the colour by value function for data objects

                            When data is loaded from a data source the colour by value feature does not alter the text colour when a text colour is selected.

                            No other colour than black text is displayed.

                            It is also impossible to bulk edit the text colour of all the shapes by selecting them all and changing the font colour on the ribbon.

                            This defect should be remediate.

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                            • support arrows that point away from endpoint

                              All of the arrow ends I've seen in Visio point "towards" the endpoint / shape. I was surprised to see that I couldn't find a simple radio button or similar to set the direction of the endpoint to point AWAY from the endpoint.

                              When creating a diagram with long connectors it is very useful to have an arrow at the beginning of the connector showing the flow of (data; process; etc.) AWAY from the "source" shape while the arrow at the "destination" shape points TOWARDS that shape.

                              I've learned to create custom endpoints but this is extremely time-consuming with the…

                              2 votes
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                              • Fix Data Visualizer so it does not redraw diagrams when you add a data graphics field

                                I love the ability to link an Excel spreadsheet to a Visio Data Visualizer (Cross Functional Flowchart). It's great for assembling roadmap visuals from spreadsheet data. The problem is that after I align the objects on the chart within their lane, if I add a data graphic field, all of my layout changes are thrown out and the chart is scrambled.

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                                  • add shapes for Xbox...

                                    it's a Microsoft product and it's pretty much a computer too!

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                                    • Please make Visio use the same colour palettes as PowerPoint, Word etc

                                      Please make the Vision shape palettes use the same colour themes, gradients and effects as PowerPoint, Word etc.

                                      The current implementation of Visio 2016 has a very different look and feel to all other MS Office tools for the way that the colours and gradients default, which is very disconcerting and makes it hard to apply enterprise colour guidelines consistently.

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                                      • Support links in Process Documentation - export to Word

                                        It would be very desirable if the Word documentation generation feature was intelligent enough to establish links from shapes to related diagrams (e.g., drilldowns) and accumulated those diagrams too within the report.

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                                        • Make Microsoft Office Visio part of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Office Suite

                                          I wish Microsoft Office Visio would become part of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Office Suite and all other Microsoft Office Suites including Microsoft Office 365 starting in Microsoft Office 2019 when it gets released.

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