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Where is Waldo?

With Visio 2010, Visio has now joined the other core Office apps and now supports the ribbon. With the old menus, I ended up turning almost all of them on and wasting screen real estate. So in a way, I like the new ribbon. Of course, the first question asked always starts with, “where is the button for…”. There is a download from Microsoft that will help you navigate, but the Visio team was prepared for questions about the location of commands. If you click on the File Ribbon and choose Options and then Customize ribbon, you are presented with choices for changing the ribbon. In the drop down box below “choose commands from: “ select “All Commands”. Now if you scroll down the list of commands, you should be able to find the command you are looking for. If you hover over the command, you will be presented with the actual location of the command on the ribbon. If you start from the top of the list, do not get discouraged, the first none commands are “Not in the Ribbon”

Don’t forget to check out the forums for free help with your questions. If the volume of questions is sufficient in the Answers forum, may be w will get a forum to ourselves rather than sharing with Access, Project and InfoPath.

Visio 2010 – Developer Mode

With Office 2007, the main apps introduced the ribbon and with Office 2010, Office introduced the ability to customize the ribbon. Since the ribbon was a major shift in the UI experience, it made sense that  only the key apps should “test the waters” and the other apps should wait till the next release. It was basically a “too many cooks spoil the broth” scenerio.

With Visio 2010, Visio acquired the Ribbon AND ribbon customization.  One problem with menus in Visio 2007 was their placement was not optomized and it was possible to leave gaps. So the introduction of the ribbon meant a better placement of the buttons and only displaying the relevant ones. (Of course, relevancy is subject to interpretation)

With the introduction of the ribbon, there were some major changes in the UI. One noticable one is the removal of the “Use Developer Mode” checkbox in the Options menu. The user can now directly customize the ribbon to enable the buttons that were added by the old “Use Developer Mode” option checkbox.

There is an alternate way to get to code. On the View tab, the last group is Macros. You can then access or create VBA macros.