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  1. 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…

      14 votes
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        2 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        4 votes
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        • Fix the search for 'women' / 'woman' to return people

          Fix the shape search so that a query for 'woman' or 'women' returns any gender neutral people/person shapes like searching for 'man' does.

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          • Make Visio part of Office suite

            Please make Visio part of every Office suite as it is one of the 4 most essential programs (Word for writing, Excel for calculating, PowerPoint for presenting and Visio for drawing).

            17 votes
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            • page formula that references a renamed shape should be allowed to use the new name of the shape

              I have a shape that appears on a page. I have renamed the shape to make it self-documenting. I want to create a user-defined cell on the page that refers to the position of the shape. When I try to do this, Visio won't let me use the new name for the shape; instead I have to use the Sheet.ID name, which is harder to understand or to trace back later. Please allow me to use the new name in a formula.

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              • Improve object selection/ add filtering capabilities in the database reverse engineer addin

                Add filtering capabilities based on names (including wildcards), type, schema, ... when selecting the tables to import. Scrolling and clicking individually doesn't work great when dealing with several hundreds / thousands tables/views in the list.

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                • Add support for more databases in reverse engineering

                  Add visio drivers to support more databases in the reverse engineer addin (interested in SAP HANA)

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                  • When I insert a picture in the format zhpeg or png in the file Vise, the quality of this picture is lost. It becomes very blurry. The pictur

                    Hi! When I insert a picture in the file Visio (format of picture - jpg, png, bmp ...), the quality of this picture is lost. It becomes very blurry. The picture is compressed. How to make the picture does not lose the original quality? Thank you! )

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                    • Provide the print capability (or copy paste) to see the subordinate icon one uses Subordinates>Hide Subordinates.

                      Provide the print capability (or copy paste to word or powerpoint) to see the subordinate icon when one uses Subordinates>Hide Subordinates. When setting up an Organization Chart with hundreds of employees or more, not all can be viewed or printed on a single sheet. The use of synchronized subordinates is helpful and allows for viewing these departments across a number of pages; however, Visio shows a small hierarchy icon on a manager when they are hidden but when you attempt to print (or copy paste into another document) the icon does not appear.

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                      • 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.

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                        • Callouts lose association when the Callout layer is hidden

                          As the title describes, when adding a callout to a shape, and then hiding the Callout layer that is automatically created through the Layer Properties screen will break the relation between the shape and the callout. So when you make the Callout layer visible again, the callout won't be linked to the shape anymore.
                          The same behavior occors when you add the target shape to another layer and hide that one.
                          This doesn't seem very practical as it renders one of the Layer systems features, hiding certain shapes/information when you don't want to see them, essentially useless.

                          3 votes
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                          • Gridlines not visible on 2nd monitor

                            I have currently latest version of Visio 2016 Professional and when I enable grid on document and move Visio to 2nd screen the gridlines are not visible. This might be due to the monitor settings as well, but could this be a bug ?

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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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                              • Make the Visio Gantt chart template more versatile

                                I want to use the Gantt chart template to plan tasks and groups of tasks on a 24 hour / 7 days a week timeline. Getting the timescale was pretty straightforward, but I need to be able to set the start time at a specified time on a selected day. I want to input in 24 hr format, such that start time will be entered and displayed as "19 MAY 18 15:30" or similar. Then I would like to be able to input the duration in hours and fraction of hours as " 4.5 hr or 6.25 hr" The end…

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                                • Add shapes for Cellular Network entities like, HLR, VLR, MSC, SGSN, HSS, MME, GGSN, etc. Do not see these in current Visio 2016 shapes.

                                  Add shapes for Cellular Network entities like, HLR, VLR, MSC, SGSN, HSS, MME, GGSN, STP, SCP, SSP, eNB, etc. Do not see these in current Visio 2016 shapes.

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                                  • Add more Stencils

                                    Need more stencils types period. Designing for Azure we need country and global maps to put datacenters and connections, etc. Need to really sit down and create a set of core stencils for Azure. I need shapes of the countries, regional areas (North America, Latin America, EU, CEE, Africa, Asia Pacific) in various languages too.

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                                    • 10tec ActiveX control not visible with latest updates

                                      I have a Visio application using the IGrid ActiveX control from 10Tec. This has been working fine with Visio 2016 (32bit) but has recently stopped working. The ActiveX control is present and populated with data but is no longer being drawn. If I create a new user account, the first time the application is run the ActiveX control works fine. On subsequent running of the application it is no longer drawn.

                                      I have reverted back to CTR 16.0.9029.2054 or 16.0.9001.2138, my application works fine with this so a later update seems to have broken this.

                                      Windows 10 64 bit

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                                      • Shape Data window should sort all fields with data in them to the top.

                                        Shape Data window should sort all fields that contain data to the top of the list. Since most fields won't contain data, this makes it inconvenient to see relevant information when selecting different shapes.

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                                        • CAD import failure diagnostic evidence needed

                                          DWG imports can take forever then can fail without any explanation as to what features aren't supported.

                                          If it doesn't fail then it just hangs and needs to be aborted.

                                          An import into Visio 32 bit will fail at say, 20% but finishes on 67bit.

                                          No explanation

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