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  1. Fix the text spacing (kerning) issues that have returned in Visio 2016

    It appears that the letter spacing (kerning) issue that was common in Visio 2013 and then fixed in Visio 2016 has returned in Visio 2016, Version 1703, Build 7967.2139. This is an annoyance to many and a major problem for those of us using Visio to create figures and diagrams for technical publications.

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    • Please allow users to copy a page to a different diagram

      While we can duplicate pages within the same diagram, there seems to be no UI for copying an entire page to a separate diagram. This as per https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Can-I-copy-a-page-in-a-Visio-drawing-05301974-cd3f-4044-8a70-d3c20bb46d1b seems to be a limitation since 2007. Can we look into this? Unable to copy a page to another file seems really strange when we compare it with other Office applications such as Word or Excel.

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      • Add Data Visualizer to Visio 2016

        Is there a plan to add Data Visualizer to Visio 2016 too? Right now it looks like it is only available for Visio Pro for Office 365. Thanks!

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        • Provide multiple mouse drag selection types

          When selecting objects by dragging the mouse to create a selection box, a nice feature to have would be to have it select either only what is completely contained within the box or everything the box contains and touches, depending on which direction the box is dragged in. Autodesk's AutoCAD has a good example of this.
          Another idea may be to have Ctrl+drag make a freeform line that selects anything it touches. Adobe Illustrator has something like that with their pen tool.

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          • Pages Groups

            Similar to OneNote where many pages would be grouped under a collapsable page group.

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            • Fix the way text is selected. I want to start the selection where I click not where my cursor is.

              Currently the text selection starts at my cursor location and ends where I click highlighting everything in between. This is the ONLY product that has this behavior. Make it so my selection starts where I click and hold down my left mouse and ends where I move to and release left mouse.

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                • Support SVG import like the rest of office!

                  Allow the import of SVG files inside of Visio to make it consistent with the rest of office. I can't event import a company logo. Thanks.

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                  • Zoom & Pan Customization

                    Zoom: Add a toggle that can reverse the zoom direction when rolling the mouse wheel (i.e. when toggled, rolling down will zoom in instead of zooming out).

                    Pan: Replace the current pan scheme (hold mouse button 3 and the view moves across the page in the direction of the mouse) in favour of "grabbing the sheet" (hold mouse button 3 and the sheet moves across the view as if you were moving a piece of paper across a surface). Either that, or add the ability to toggle between the two schemes.
                    Also, refine pan functionality so that panning is 1:1…

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                    • Remove the limits on Excel compatibility.

                      Before MS bought Visio I used it to track my companies PCs with a Visio Drawing inserted into an Excel spreadsheet. I could link PCs to a line on the Spreadsheet and when I needed to move a PC I could keep the inventory and location in the building up to date easily. Then MS bought it and within a few updates the compatibility between Visio and Excel degraded and I could not longer use Visio and Excel in that way. It remained degraded 'til the day I retired a couple of years ago.

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                      • Enable printing comments

                        I draft various flows on behalf of multiple users who do not have Visio. They are able to open and read the flows; however, cannot see any comments I have inserted. I'd like to have the ability to print the comments and their related tags so my clients can see the questions I have inserted as comments.

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                        • Show the cursor location

                          Please change the programing to show the cursor location within the text associated with a connector. It's very hard to get the text to align right when you can't identify where the cursor is currently located. It does this for the text within a shape but not the text that is associated with the connectors.

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                          • Let users have more control over cross functional flowcharts

                            Nothing within a Visio cross functional flowchart seems to work properly when it comes time to format the chart and make it look nice. Please get users more control rather than locking them out of making necessary changes.

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                            • Fix the inconsistent turn on of eccentricity handles, problem that is years old!

                              I have used Visio since before MS bought it (when it was more compatible with Excel). I have looked up in help and tried to turn on the eccentricity handles using the help instructions dozens of times and the instructions do not work consistently. It would be great if you fixed that!

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                              • I would like to see Visio become more accesible to edu clients

                                Visio is a great product but it is very difficult to justify the purchase of as a school especially when students will only use for part of a project. Great for teaching computing and want more of my students to be able to access it.

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                                • Fix a regression bug in recent Visio updates affecting formulas

                                  When opening our Visio template drawing which has formulas referencing page margin/size in Visio desktop with latest update installed, some of the formulas will convert to static values and lose their referenced values which makes our title block broken and completely messed up. If we roll back Visio updates to Build 16.0.4229.1024 everything works perfectly fine again. But as soon as new updates are installed the issue comes back. This is severely affecting our business and customers.

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                                  • Fix multiple copies print out

                                    When you choose 2 copies, 4 will be printed out, when you choose 3, 9 will be printed out, and so on.

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                                    • 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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                                        • Use the proper hyperlink Description, when exporting to SVG

                                          Today, when a VSD or VSDX is exported to SVG, the Hyperlink Description is lost. Instead of showing the real description, the block name is used, which makes the description not usable in the SVG.

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