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      • Text block constraint/guide based on parent shape's geometry

        It would be useful if the text block position tool could constrain/guide along a path that is perpendicular to the parent shape's geometry.

        For a shape consisting of a single line segment where the text block and line's geometry are parallel this could work well and probably the easiest case to implement.

        In the first example the keeping the text block in line is not too bad as it's only moving in Y, but in the second example it would help if Visio had optional constraints to limit the text block moving perpendicular to the line only.
        http://i.imgur.com/rWEFXnj.gifv
        https://aka.ms/AA2qewc

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          0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Update position in the 'Size and position' task pane while dragging an object

          At the moment the X/Y coordinates in the size and position task pane don't update until the object drag has finished (mouse up). It would make sense if this was continuously updated while the shape was being moved.

          http://i.imgur.com/FSVyckV.gifv
          https://aka.ms/AA2q7i5

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            0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve snapping based on initial drag start position

            At the moment Visio appears to snap to any vertex of a shape that lines up with the grid when grid snapping is enabled. If some of the vertexes are off the grid then this creates snaps/steps between the grid while moving.
            This could be vastly improved if it snapped based on the nearest vertex to the initial selection drag event.

            This would allow precise alignment under the majority of situations.

            For the example below, the first drag sequence at the bottom right of the shape should only snap to grid points where the bottom right vertex would align. For…

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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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                0 comments  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Hello. I don't see where one can easily add a watermark to a visio document.

                I would like to put a watermark, such as "CONFIDENTIAL" on a design done in Visio.

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                • New feature to create diagram from picture

                  Microsoft just annouce a new feature on Excel. You can take a picture of a data table and turn it into a spreadsheet.

                  It could be a huge time savior if I could take a picture of a hand draw diagram and turn it into Visio diagram.

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                  • make it easy to change the design template date format from mm-dd to dd-mm

                    Please make it easy to change the design template date format from mm-dd to dd-mm as the date suddenly appears in the page header when a standard Visio template design is selected. If I search in help for date format - nothing shows up

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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Visio Symbol Font List Missing/ Bug

                      When using Visio 2010. If you select

                      Insert - Symbol - More Symbols

                      You are presented with a list window with a list of symbols. You can then change the Font by selecting from the Font drop down list.

                      HOWEVER, in VISIO 2016, when I perform these same steps. The font drop down list is empty?

                      This is not the case with Word 2016, Excel 2016, etc

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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add opportunity for create custom properties in document's advanced properties window

                        Using fields in MS Visio is great opportunity!!!
                        Users often needs use many fields in global document-level.
                        For example in MS Word application in Advanced properties window of document, you can find tab named Custom. In this tab users can add so many customer properties as they need. Users can use values of these custom properties in fields in document content.
                        Now we can use ShapeSheet cells in Document level (a.k.a TheDoc), but it is way for advanced users. If developers add this opportunity it makes using fields in MS Visio documents more user-friendly!
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                        Использование полей в MS Visio…

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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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                            0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • automatic arrangements

                            If you have multiple shapes that you want to arrange symmetically, it would be helpful to have a positioning feature that works without connectors

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                              0 comments  ·  Org Chart  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              8 votes
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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…

                                17 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add capability of: sorting stencils alphabetically and also resize the stencil task pane

                                  Have you tried to use Visio in a big scree monitor? It is almost impossible as the stencils are so small! There is no way that I can make the icons on the selection pane large.
                                  Also, why can't I sort the stencils alphabetically? It would help a lot specially when I know what I am looking at.
                                  Example: Get the Azure Visio Stencil package. So many icons without sorting capability is painful!

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                                  • 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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                                    • Private use unicode characters like Segoe MDL2 Assets

                                      Your colleague Mike Jacobs at the UWP team asked me to file this report. I hope my voice finally gets heart:

                                      Visio used to be a good tool to design windows screen concepts. Therefore it's very surprising, that even the newest Viso 2016 doesn't support Microsofts recommended new way of using icons in the UWP world. Have an update: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/design/style/segoe-ui-symbol-font#how-do-i-get-this-font

                                      Nowadays Microsoft shares all its icons in a font named "Segoe MDL2 Assets". Each icon is a character of the font in its private use section.

                                      Check the links on that page for the exact malfunctional behavior: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/windows-uwp/issues/779#issuecomment-409345297

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                                      • Either offer Wireframe stencils to standalone installs or sell it on its own

                                        After spending $400 for Visio Pro 2016, NOT the online plans, I can't justify $180 a year for just adding on stencils. That literally is the only thing that Online Plan 2 has that I want that I don't have now.

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                                        • Apply a theme to add color and style to diagrams

                                          I have created a theme (.thmx file) in PowerPoint and applied it to Word to have the same color scheme across documents. I would also like to apply it to Visio so I can have the same color scheme in my diagrams.

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