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Welcome to the Visio for Developers feedback forum! We love hearing from customers and partners. To help us make Visio more awesome, we have partnered with UserVoice, a third-party service, to create this forum to hear your ideas and suggestions. Your use of the portal and your submission is subject to the UserVoice Terms of Service & Privacy Policy , including the license terms. Please do not send any novel or patentable ideas, copyrighted materials, samples or demos for which you do not want to grant a license to Microsoft.

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  1. Printable Smart Tags

    Provide the ability to make Smart Tags printable (if they are set to Always Visible).

    4 votes

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  2. Merge Shapes

    Allow information from one shape to be merged with another, e.g.,. Select some Shape Data and User Cells from one shape and the presentation properties from another, and merge them.

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  3. True two-way for Data Visualizer

    For the data visualizer functionality - the link between Visio and Excel - for Visio to be the starting point, the initial source of the data; to be able to conceive the problem and chart the process in Visio and then instruct it to populate an Excel spreadsheet with the information.
    Also for qualifying data for Visio shapes, for example what shows up in the external data window in Visio, allowing us to create an object in Visio in which we can specify that qualifying information for that shape, associate it with that shape and have that qualifying data appear…

    3 votes

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  4. add value stream mapping templates

    Add value stream mapping templates

    3 votes

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  5. Additional protection for document page tabs

    It would be helpful to have more control over the page tabs,
    - Prevent page tab text from being changed
    - Prevent new page tabs being added
    - Prevent page tabs being deleted

    3 votes

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  6. Status bar API

    It could be interesting to be able to use rogrammatically the Status bar of Visio especially for using the progress bar during long operations. It will help in better UI integration of third party Addin solutions.

    3 votes

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  7. 2 votes

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  8. PrintShapesheet too verbose

    The PrintShapeSheeet function is useful for exploring the shapsheet, but it is too verbose. Consider an option to determine if empty sections should be printed.

    2 votes

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  9. 2 votes

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  10. Visio with Multiple Sheets

    We have added multiple sheets to the Visio file. However when I connected this visio file in Power BI, it is showing only current active sheet in Power BI, not all the sheets. How to fix this issue?

    2 votes

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  11. Let users have more control over flowcharts and containers.

    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

    2 votes

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  12. Update Visio 2007 with the current VBA object model.

    There are many code features not available for older versions. Some companies/users don't have a need to update or don't want to embrace the ribbon, it would be nice to access new features, e.g., points along a curve.

    2 votes

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  13. Option to highlight duplicates

    Abilty to press a key or click a button to highlight all shapes with the same text. On large diagrams, identify where the same items is being used several times.

    2 votes

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  14. Allow Developers to Draw Symbols and Icons Programatically

    How do I programatically add pictures and shapes Like Server, Cloud, Database, etc from these pictures: http://www.nogeekleftbehind.com/Download-Even-More-Visio-Network-StencilC38E/image15.png

    into a Visio File. The following is for basic shapes,

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/vsto/how-to-programmatically-add-shapes-to-a-visio-document?view=vs-2019

    I want to add icons and other objects with VB.

    1 vote

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  15. Enable macros to be added as buttons to QAT or toolbar

    Currently, I have no way to add my custom macros as custom commands/button in the toolbars.

    1 vote

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  16. Data Visualizer Auto run re-layout Page choosing a predefined layout

    When I import a spreadsheet using the Data Visualizer wizard, I should have some way to have it auto layout the page without me manually doing it. A lot of times the initial layout is garbage and requires me to move nodes around.

    1 vote

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  17. Automatically create Visio's using Data Visualizer

    I'd like to take a list of excel files and auto create Visio's using Data Visualizer without having to go through the wizard.

    1 vote

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  19. For Org Charts please let Visio automatically create links to synchronised copies

    Visio is great for org charts but needs to automatically create links to synchronised copies.

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  20. A Dynamics 365 / Common Data Model Connector

    Like the connectors for the Data Model in Power-BI and Excel to be able to extract schemanames and other metadata which generates (data-pool for) diagrams

    1 vote

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