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  1. 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…

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

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        3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            1 comment  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            4 votes
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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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              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Paint 3D

                    Intigrate Paint 3D functions in Visio so users can create/ insert 3D models (inserting like in Word but as a shape).

                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Visio Services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix the presentation of units on the Dimensioning templates, so they comply with the SI Units specification

                      Correct the dimensioning templates so they comply with SI units.

                      Currently, they display, for example "50mm", but this should be "50 mm" (space between value and unit).

                      Suggested fix here for a number of years now: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-visio/visio-dimensioning-how-to-meet-si-standard/f4b8de6d-f73e-46fb-b95a-1d2698d6fe77?tm=1374913016258

                      Seems a little odd that in the application itself, units are presented correctly (such as the Size and Position Window), but it is incorrect when an actual drawing has dimensions added, using the standard dimensioning template, that doesn't comply with SI units standards.

                      2 votes
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                      • ADD A BUTTON TO PRINTS ONLY THE PAGES THAT HAVE CHANGED

                        ADD A BUTTON TO PRINTS ONLY THE PAGES THAT HAVE CHANGED

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                        • Fix the bug where "Re-Layout" doesn't work when you are working with a data container

                          When you import in a cross functional flowchart using excel and the templates visio provides, the Re-Layout doesn't work. It just makes a terrible layout with the start button in the middle of the swim lane. It's the container that's blocking this. If i disband the container, and do a re-layout (left to right) it will make it look like a really nice professional flowchart. But when i do that, it breaks the link to the data.

                          Visio advertises the excel & visio integration feature, but it not even usable

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                            0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields

                            Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields to dark lettering on white fields.
                            Three reasons:
                            --Printing in the default color scheme needlessly uses ink, energy and natural resources.
                            --Printing in dark lettering/white fields is easier to read.
                            --Photocopying documents printed in the default color scheme does not work well, especially when printed B/W.

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                              1 comment  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve embedding Visio in rest of office suite

                              Make it easier to embed/copy/paste Visio diagrams into other Office suite documents (and generally in Windows), without the file sizes ballooning.

                              Usually the best way is to save as .jpg and insert the .jpg file which is a lot of effort, and doesn't always print well

                              An "save as" PPTX capability (saving all the pages as non-editable pictures) would also be useful--with controls on page layout, use of an existing PowerPoint Template/master etc.

                              3 votes
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                              • Covert Text to Path

                                Please add the function to convert text into a path or shape similar to how you can do in Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Expressions.

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                                  • Visio 2013 backwards compatibility failure.

                                    I am a solutions architecture consultant and have been using Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 since it first came out. In 2013, I recommended to a client of mine to install Microsoft Visio Premium. They installed 2013. I was mortified to find that the advanced support for UML and database modeling was missing. I told my client that they must have installed standard by accident. Because Microsoft would never lose backwards compatibility. I was wrong. They had installed Professional. The feature were discontinued without warning. A Microsoft product that is not backwards compatible. The master class list is critical to creating…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support more than one text block per shape OR CONNECTOR

                                      Visio should natively support more than one text block per shape OR CONNECTOR.

                                      Database ER connectors are a natural for this; I can imagine an overall "relationship" text block somewhere in the middle, with text blocks at either end as well. (A secondary issue with connectors is that some of the specialized built-in connectors don't accept modifications, such as line width, gracefully, so I end up using "regular" connectors).

                                      In shapes with distinct areas (i.e. that have one or more lines crossing the shape) it makes sense to have a text "title" in the upper region and a "description" or…

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                                      • Add symbols and models

                                        Please add the symbols and 3D models you can insert in Word as shapes in Visio.

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                                        • Reverse engineering on database

                                          If it cannot even return the current relationships among the tables, how it could be named as reverse engineering for databases?

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