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  1. Create a native Mac OS X version

    Create a native Mac OS X version

    51 votes
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  2. Make Hyperlink selection more user-friendly

    When creating Hyperlinks within a Visio document, the Sub-address selection dialog is horribly unusable.
    Specifically, the Page dropdown shows only five pages, meaning that its scrollbar handle is over 50% of the height of the scrollbar itself once up/down buttons are accounted for. As such, the handle is utterly useless. (Especially when there are dozens of pages in the document.) Please make this dropdown taller, so that selecting the appropriate page is not such a chore.

    2 votes
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  3. renaming a page

    When I rename a page Visio move the diagram in the left bottom corner of the page. This is a very annoying "feature".

    1 vote
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  4. Add "Delete Pages" to the default ribbon

    Have you ever wondering why removing page is so complicated, especially when you need to remove 10+ pages. Right click, delete, wait, right click, delete, wait...

    But if you go to customize ribbon, there is a command "Delete Pages..." AVAILABLE! But definately it is well hidden!

    Bring it visibile !!!

    1 vote
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  5. Modernize Computers and Monitors, Network and Peripherals shapes to a new group called Information Technology shapes

    Modernize Computers and Monitors, Network and Peripherals shapes to a new group called Information Technology shapes. Modernize the shapes and include more graphically enhanced shapes for IT related equipment. Flyout menus to change the colors of said shapes quickly.

    1 vote
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  6. Hold spacebar to move drawing around canvas with mouse.

    Similar to other products on the market to help "standardize" certain shortcuts to do tasks. For this one, holding spacebar change mouse icon to a hand and allow user to move the drawing around on the canvas.

    1 vote
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  7. Incremetal search within shape pane windows

    When opening stencils with large number of shapes (e.g. Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol) it is very difficult to find the shape by scrolling up and down within the narrow confines of the open shape pane.

    It would be helpful if there was a simple way to search within the shape pane. Perhaps by just start to type after clicking on the pane and the search term highlights the shape name and focus shifts. This is like incremental search in many editors. Another way may be a small search box after the horizontal separator line for 'Drop Quick Shapes…

    1 vote
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  8. Allow to search within shape just by typing

    When opening stencils with large number of shapes (e.g. Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol) it is very difficult to find the shape by scrolling up and down within the narrow confines of the open shape pane.

    It would be helpful if there was a simple way to search within the shape pane. Perhaps by just start to type after clicking on the pane and the search term highlights the shape name and focus shifts. This is like incremental search in many editors. Another way may be a small search box after the horizontal separator line for 'Drop Quick Shapes…

    1 vote
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  9. 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…

    26 votes
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  10. Able to choose the grid colors

    1) Able to choose the grid color. Shades of gray or other user's color choices.

    2) Grid with more shades help to pin point a grid section when working with multiples SCALES such as inches, feet and others scales.

    3) In Visio version #1 released in 1992 their was a dynamic green cross that moved in sync with the cursor allowing comparing a pair of two values with the grid.. Need more reasearch about that...

    Thanks so much!

    3 votes
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  11. Dynamic grid functionality is missing if we open Visio via RDP session (W10 OS + Visio 2013/2016 any version). Reprosteps

    Dynamic grid functionality is missing if we open Visio via RDP session (W10 OS + Visio 2013/2016 any version). Reprosteps:

    1.-Take 2 machines and do an RDP session from machine A to machine B (Visio 2013/2016 needs to be installed on machine B)
    2.-Open Visio 2013/2016 after establishing the RDP session.
    3.-Make sure that the “Dynamic grid” functionality is not turned off (It should be enabled by default).
    4.-Try to check if the mentioned funcionaly works by adding more than one shape on any drawing.

    Actual result: Dynamic grid is not working.
    Expected result: Dynamic grid should be working.
    Workaround:…

    1 vote
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  12. 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.

    2 votes
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  13. 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.

    16 votes
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  14. 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…

    2 votes
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  15. Make fullscreen mode useful

    Visio is great, no doubts about this. However, I'm surprised (even amazed!) how poorly supported is full screen mode, for both work and presentations. There is a Presentation Mode (Visio 2016) available, but due to the lack of Pan&Zoom support it's pretty much useless I'm afraid :( Also, I wish I could work with block diagrams in Full Screen mode with only relevant Panes (e.g. shapes) when using my laptop, where every inch of display area is absolutely critical. Are there any plans to address these concerns? These day's I'm forced to print out my diagrams into PDFs for full…

    9 votes
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  16. 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.

    3 votes
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  17. 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…

    2 votes
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  18. Pages Groups

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

    2 votes
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  19. Make New Window button do what is does in other Office clients

    Hi,

    I am using Visio 2016 on a two monitor setup.

    I clicked the View | New Window button, expecting it to work like it does in Excel and Word, and allow me to have the same file open in two windows; however, unless I am missing something, it only opens another window under the current one.

    Am I missing something?

    If not, this is pretty annoying and a bad UI decision.

    Thanks

    4 votes
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  20. 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…

    7 votes
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