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Customizing VISIO My Shapes
« on: May 28, 2008, 10:53:52 AM »
Placing all your user-defined shapes under the My Shapes entry in VISIO's MY SHAPES is rather limiting for those who have a complex hiererchy of shape sheets.

Does anyone know if there's a way to customize the whole MY SHAPES area?

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Re: Customizing VISIO My Shapes
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 03:28:15 PM »
Hi Broered,

If you go to Tools > Options > Advanced > File Paths, you can enter paths (separated by ; ) to custom locations for your stencils.

These will show up in the Shapes drop-down toolbar button, and under File > Shapes. If you have a hierarchy of stencils, these will show as sub-menus.

You can also change the location of My Shapes in this dialog.
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Re: Customizing VISIO My Shapes
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 09:43:44 AM »
I've used this process.
What I'm wondering is this:
There's a bunch of default templates and shapes.  I think they're all located under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\...
When you click the Shapes tool bar icon, all your user-created shapes are listed under
"My Shapes".  All Microsofts shapes are lised in directories at this same level.  It's not that I don't like Microsoft's default templates.  I just don't like having ALL my user-created templates forced into a single directory called "My Shapes", shown at the root level.  When you have lots of shape sheets, you're forced to cram ALL your shape organization directory structure under "My Shapes" >:( 
Microsoft's doing something to tell the program how to organize this whole structure.  I'd like to know what it is and be able to rearrange it.

Even if the Microsoft defaults can't be disturbed - it would be nice to be able to rename "My Shapes" and create additional folders at this level.

Thanks. 

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Re: Customizing VISIO My Shapes
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 01:06:22 PM »
Well, if you have sub-directories in one of the directories that you add to the Paths, then your stuff will be sub-divided according to the hierarchy of those sub-directories. I'm not sure what's so bad about that.

Also, you can get your stuff to look just like the MS/Visio-supplied templates by installing/publishing them.

This article has way too much information, but for just installing/publishing stencils and templates, the procedure is not that difficult. While it's too much work for just your own machine, it sure is slick once you've got it down.
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