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Visio Shapes and Fields

Posted on 2004-10-19
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I am trying to use visio(2002-sp2) to map out and inventory a lab with 30 computers. The computers have the new style flat panel monitors and there is not a shape in visio that matches the monitor. I have been trying to modify the PC shape to reflect the actual shape of the pc. I copy the master and then try to edit the master to the new shape. In order to do that I have to UNGROUP the master to change the shape of the monitor. When I UNGROUP it loses its properties of when you double click the shape. Before, it places the cursor to the side to enter text. A name or label if you will can be added to the normal shape. When I try to regroup and get my new shape to behave the same... I can not. A double click on my new shape only brings up a cursor directly over the shape and any text entered is unreadable by being over the shape. I have tried every setting and still can not get this work.
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Try the following:

1. Finish modifying and groupping your object.
2. Click on the object once to select it.
3. Look carefully for a yellow diamond.  (Magnifying the view will help with this)
4. With the mouse, click and drag the yellow diamond to where you want the text displayed.
5. Click away from the object on the work surface.

When you double click on the object the text box should appear in the area where you dragged the yellow diamond.
When you copy and paste this object the location of the text is copied as well.

You can also delete the test from the copy of the object and use it as a master.  When you copy this object and double click it the text box prompt will still be where you dragged the yellow diamond to.

I hope this helps.

GusDarino
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The yellow diamond (YD) tipped me off. With this version, the YD doesnt show until there are letters in the field. Beyond that though I still had trouble making this work. I followed these steps to modify the PC shape in the Office Equipment Stencil: (RC=right click, C=left click, DC=double click)

C icon for Office Equipment>C EDIT
RC icon for PC and COPY
RC blank area in Office Equipment and PASTE
RC this new instance of PC (mine came up PC.26)
C EDIT MASTER
DC shape to get que for letters, put in some letters to see YD and blank shape
CTRL-A to select all
from the menu SHAPE>GROUPING>UNGROUP
C a blank spot to deselect all
C on the monitor element and resized with the horizontal grips
C on the letters entered above to get blank shape
from the menu SHAPE>GROUPING>CREATE GROUP
CTRL-A to select all
from the menu SHAPE>GROUPING>ADD TO GROUP
C a blank spot to deselect all

DC the shape to verify that the letter editor comes up

Is GOOD!

Thanks for  the tip!!
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You are very welcome.  

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