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  1. Distribute connectors vertically and horizontally

    When you manually insert extra connectors, you have to eyeball it and then don't have an option to distribute them evenly, e.g. I have three lines to come out of a rectangular shape. It only has one connector in the middle. I drop one either side of it, I have no way to space them at quarter points. When I select them all, the distribute options are greyed out.

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        • I cannot get the program to show up in Start menu

          Why can't I get visio to become visible in the start menu or post to desktop?

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          • Addition of a trim function to trim arcs, elipses and and lines. Consider too ability to trim a patterened area.

            Addition of a trim function to trim arcs, elipses and and lines. Consider too ability to trim a patterened areas.

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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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              • allow numbered bullets in visio

                Right now the only bulleted lists you can create are with bullets, why not numbers? they are available in every other office program, can you just add numbers as an option for bullets in visio? it seems silly to have to go create my list in word, only to come back to visio to paste it with numbers.

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                • Provide a way to turn off auto-zoom. I can read it at 85% and want to edit that way to keep the perspective but it forces to 101%. Annoyin

                  (1) Option to turn off auto-zoom please. It is very annoying to have it continually adjust the size when editing. I can happily read it at 85%. At the 100% it forces me to edit at, I lose perspective on the next edit.
                  (2) Ability to freeze panes to see the swimlane titles always

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                  • Add option to disable 'Bus-style Edge Routing'

                    Currently, "Hierarchy" flow, using "bus" style (multiple edge ends to be anchored at the same location).
                    It's will be better to have an option to disable "bus" style.
                    To understand, go to https://docs.yworks.com/yfilesjava/doc/api/#/dguide/hierarchical_layout#hierarchical_layout-automatic_edge_grouping

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                    • Visio Electrical Circuit diagram symbols should conform to the NEC codes as published by the NFPA.

                      Visio 16 Professional: The Electrical Circuit symbols do not conform to the NEC codes as published by the NFPA.

                      Please change the symbols to conform to those standards. Otherwise, Visio is useless. We have to turn to other software.

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                      • Access reverse engineering

                        As others, I signed the online Visio to draw several ERD from several Access databases; I already have an LucidChart account, but they do not have a reverse engineering for mdb/accdb files.
                        So, I tryed the ODBC driver, selected the Access driver mdb/accdb, selected tables and... nothing.
                        Error in all tables: Error! Cannot extract column definition for the table/view 'Eventos'. The definition is not available or you may not have sufficient privileges. Please check with your database administrator.
                        The accdb is not protected...

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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).

                          24 votes
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                          • Microsoft Visio 2016 and if..else..then box does not fit the Activity Diagram as I want it to be

                            In Visio when I choose Activity Diagram (Sent and received Messaging system among) and place if...else..then box, that box doesn't fit the activity diagram as I wanted it to be. So I have to condense all the actors and messages closer or smaller to fit the if..else..then. And it's kind of tedious and a hassle if you have lots of actors and messages at the top. Am I missing something or is this a bug? Last semester I was in Software Design Pattern and Unified Modelling Language course and all the students in my class had this same problem. My…

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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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • Share/ collaborate in drawing

                                        Allow to share a drawing between mutliple users so they can collaborate and edit a document together (like in Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

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                                        • 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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