Pop up text on a document saved as HTML

Thanks to Visio’s Mark Nelson for the following tip: You can add the User.visEquivTitle cell to your shape and provide a string that will display as a tooltip in the web output. The shape must also have at least one custom property for the tooltip to be visible. Steps:1) Select the shape in your drawing that you want to add a web tooltip for2) Go to Window > Show Shapesheet3) Go to Insert > Section, check User-defined cells and click OK4) In the newly created section, click on the row name User.Row_1 to select the title of the row5) Type … Continue reading Pop up text on a document saved as HTML

DistanceFrom Problem

Last month, Tsung-Yuan Liu reported that he was getting inconsistent results with DistanceFrom. DistanceFrom A->B was not the same as DistanceFrom B->A. If you create two identical squares seperated by a gap, DistanceFrom A->B = DistanceFrom B->A = the value of the gap If you change one of the squares to a rectangle by reducing the hieght and maintain the gap, as long as the tops or the bottoms are aligned, the above relationship still holds. Maintaining the gap, move the smaller rectangle (shape A), so that it’s top is below the top of the larger shape (shape B) and … Continue reading DistanceFrom Problem


Visio 2003 supports two types of comments: Shape ScreenTips and Annotation. Shape ScreenTips is the older of the two and associates a comment with a shape that appears when you hover over a shape. The information about the comment is stored in the comment cell of the Miscellaneous section of the shape’s shapesheet.  Annotation was added in Visio 2003 and is not associated with any shape, but with the page it is on. The information about the annotation is stored in the page’s shapesheet in the new Annotation section. Choosing Show Shapesheet while an annotation is selected will open the … Continue reading Comments?

Custom line ends

One interesting feature of Visio that is not well documented is that you can create your own custom fill patterns, line patterns and line ends. For now, I will review the procedure for creating a semicircular line end. Something like: (—–)   1) Open Drawing Explorer 2) Select New Pattern from Line Ends. Set the name. Set the scaled option. 3) Select the new master, right click and select Edit Pattern Shape. 4) Place a vertical and a horizontal guide line so they intersect at the center of the page. This will be the end point of the line. 5) … Continue reading Custom line ends

How do the background shapes work?

When dropped on the current page the background shapes automatically adjust to the size of the current page. This is more obvious when the page has a landscape orientation.  This same feature is also used in the border shapes. To make your own background shape, create a shape that has no problems being stretched and then set the Width and Height cell in the Shape transform section. The new formulas should be Width =GUARD(ThePage!PageWidth) and Height =GUARD(ThePage!PageHeight). The Guard will prevent the formula from being changed. If you do not play with the background you may not need to set … Continue reading How do the background shapes work?