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I've noticed for a long time - there seems to be 2 layers for text in boxes?  When you first click on a box, the poings show up as green boxes and you can enter text.  If you click on the box again, the points change to green boxes with Xs in them.  and the text you enter when you do this shows up mixed with the text from when the boxes didn't have xs in them.

anyone know what the boxes with / without the x mean?
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The behavior you're describing is that of a group -- a shape that consists of two or more subshapes. I say this because an individual shape in Visio only has one text field and there is no way to add a second one.

(NOTE: I've attached a sample drawing but EE doesn't allow uploading of Visio files so i've changed the file extension to .txt; just download the file and change the extension back to .vsd to open it in Visio.)

For example, look at the difference between the two shapes in the attached drawing The one on the left is a simple shape -- only one text field. The one on the right probably behaves like the one you've described. To create it I made a copy of the of the simple shape, selected it, then right clicked and selected Shape/Group. Now it has two text fields -- one on the shape and one on the group. The first click selects the group (and typing changes its text); the second click selects the contained shape (and typing changes its text). I made the text of the contained shape red to make the difference more obvious.

shape-vs-group.txt
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DAMN!  Thanks!  So I made a group with a single object !?  DOH!!!!!!

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no problem -- I've been on a few PICNICs myself :-)
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