Visio does provide an option for printing shapesheets but it is wordy. In the past I have used Excel to sort and manipulate the information, but this is time consuming and really does not give me everything I want. One thing that was not easy to do was to find out whether a shapesheet was part of a group and if so, which group it belonged to. Being Visio, this is not a big problem. The object model is exposed and it is possible to write your own version of the shapesheet print Add-in with a routine to show the lineage of a shapesheet.
Given a Visio shape, this function will return a string that lists its’ ancestors.
Private Function Heritage(shpObj As Visio.Shape) As String
Dim Finished As Boolean
Dim tmpName As String
Dim tmpString As String
tmpName = shpObj.Name
tmpString = tmpName
Finished = False
Do While Not Finished
If ActivePage.Shapes(tmpName).Parent.Type = visTypeGroup Then
tmpName = ActivePage.Shapes(tmpName).Parent.Name
tmpString = tmpName + ” ” + tmpString
Finished = True
Heritage = tmpString
This sample code will eventually make it’s way over to http://visio.mvps.org/VBA.htm