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Visio Discussions => ShapeSheet & Smart Shapes => Topic started by: Dex on September 16, 2008, 10:40:05 AM

Title: Sheet.x Renaming Sheets For Shapes
Post by: Dex on September 16, 2008, 10:40:05 AM
How can I explicitly name components of a composite shape.  I'm trying to do cabinets with CABINET for cutom properties, KICKBOARD, MAIN and CABINETTOP as components instead of sheet.1 sheet.2 sheet.3.  How do I rename these explicitly.
Title: Re: Sheet.x Renaming Sheets For Shapes
Post by: Paul Herber on September 16, 2008, 11:13:40 AM
Open the Document Explorer (menu View -> Document Explorer) and go to the appropriate pages and shapes. Within grouped shapes you will see the sheet names, rename in the usual manner.

Title: Re: Sheet.x Renaming Sheets For Shapes
Post by: Visio Guy on September 16, 2008, 11:16:12 AM
Hi Dex,

You can also name shapes via the Format > Special dialog, but you need to turn on Developer Mode first.

See this article: Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode (http://www.visguy.com/2008/08/04/top-9-reasons-for-turning-on-developer-mode/) for more explanations and screen shots of what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Sheet.x Renaming Sheets For Shapes
Post by: wapperdude on September 18, 2008, 08:07:22 PM
OK.  The format > special worked.  The Drawing Explorer technique (document explorer???) did not.  Did I miss something.

Renaming has certain risks and disadvantages.  Let's say I have two shapes, Sheet.1 and Sheet.2.  When I change the fill color of the first, I want the 2nd to match the color.  I rename Sheet.1 to Asqr1.  Open Sheet.2 shapesheet, edit the FillForegnd entry to Asqr1!FillForegnd.  Error.  Could not get it to work using Asqr1.   :-\ Without reverting the name, I used Sheet.1!FillForegnd.  Viola!  That works.   :o  Visio seems to ignore the new name!   >:(  Fortunately, renaming is easy, just try any Sheet.XYZ and the name defaults back to it's proper name.   :)  Further proof that Visio retained the original name.   :-\