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Can Excel auto-generate a Visio Diagram?

tmonteit asked
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01

A row in my excel file would represent one object in my diagram.    I would like to live-link between the two.

Can this be done without Lots of VBA?

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Top Expert 2006
Hello tmonteit,

no code but some structured thinking will do :)

1. build a spreadsheet
2. export that to text or csv
3. import into visio

sample: http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/automating_diagrams_with_visio

hope this helps a bit

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Brian MulderFreelance
Top Expert 2006

oh now i see the live link, then you will need code

1. a button on the worksheet which calls the export to file
2. a button in visio which will call the import

you are doing this for a presentation?


Working a collaborative design diagram.  The other guy keeps changing the excel spreadsheet.  I need to keep my diagram up to date.
Brian MulderFreelance
Top Expert 2006

ok, what about the article is that something you can use?

it means that your partner needs to export a sheet from his workbook that is formatted the way visio will be able to like it for a diagram

Visio is not something to just automatically pump a lot of things into. I'd rather still do it manually and have more personal control on the horizontal and vertical. Copy|paste work fine, so one you have a general structure, you can probably to it manually quicker than you could by any automation, which is to liable to miss some issues in balance and alignment, not to mention the margins

>  a collaborative ...

er, make the other person update the Visio - if it is collaboration
Brian MulderFreelance
Top Expert 2006

would be nice to have some user feedback


The link to boxes and arrows was most helpful.  
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