Visio 2003 Stencil - Common Controls Vertical Scroll Bar

Posted on 2009-07-08
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Is it possible to get a list box control in a visio document to actually work? I tried adding vertical scroll bar and list box to windows form stencil in visio document but when I add text it does not scroll. Is this show only or do you need to add code to make it work?
Question by:iBinc
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ID: 24811435
No. At least not out-of-the box. These symbols are meant to only draw user interfaces as a design task for purely visualization, not actually make them work. Having said this, it may be possible to make sliders etc or dynamic behaviour with your own, customized Visio Shapes, but this requires heavy programming and deep insights into the Visio programming environment.

I'm not sure exactly why you would want this behaviour, other than that it would be fancy, but if you need to make prototypes of windows forms with scrollbars etc. that are working you're much better off looking into Visual Studio Express (or the full version of Visual Studio). Just download the version for the language of your choice (VB, C#, C++) Here you can easily draw windows and make dynamic prototypes with hardly any programming. And the scrollbars will work by default when you compile and run your prototype.

Author Comment

ID: 24813100
No...I'm not designing a user interface (at least not in Visio).

All I really wanted was a way to have text in a textbox that could be scrolled (for storing long text documentation). Either scrollable or popup containing a page of text. I found a way using rich textbox and it works but not pretty.

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oldviking earned 2000 total points
ID: 24821103
OK, I see your need. I use mostly Visio 2007, and there is a "comment" label you can insert that can show scrollable text. When you click on it, the text window will show up. But this has no richt text capabilities.

You might also try this free utility from Visimation:

But this does also not have richt text, as far as I know. So if the richt text part is important to you, your best bet is probably what you've got already, unless you want to have somebody make you a Visio Shape or Control for you. I'm sure the guys at Visimation can build what you want - but that will of course cost you money

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