Visio not applying colors

Hello,
I am using Visio 2007.

I open the program, I go to file -> new

I go to file -> Shapes -> General -> Basic Shapes

I drag and drop a Rectangle to the drawing, it is white with black borders.

I click on it and then I go to "fill color" and I choose a Red. The rectangle is still White.

The rectangle is still selected (or I re-select it), I double click on it and I put some text...  I try to change the text color, but it's still black, and white background.

I click on Theme and choose a full colored theme -> nothing changed...



Am I doing something wrong? Or there is something to do before changing the colors?
Thank you
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ping_itAsked:
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Don't worry -- I haven't abandoned you! I got very busy yesterday and didn't get back to this question.

The good news is that I'm back... the bad news is that I don't have any brilliant ideas at the moment. I'll keep looking for an obscure setting that might be affecting this. If anyone else reads this and has an idea, please jump in.

In the mean time, can you try opening a template and stencils that have a lot of color. For example, try Maps and Floor Plan>Directional Map. In the image below I dropped "townhouse" and "lake" shapes from the Landmark stencil and various traffic signs from the Transportation stencil.

Are they in color when you do this???

traffic-signs.jpg
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
The only thing I can think of is that the shape might be protected. It doesn't make sense that a generic shape in the "Basic Shapes" stencil would be protected, but it's worth checking.

To find out, right click on the shape and select Format>Protection. If either "Format" or "From Theme Colors" is checked, uncheck them and try manually changing colors/themes again.
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ping_itAuthor Commented:
Hi.... please check the recording that I have made... http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GTD6RZQL

I really cannot understand why I cannot color them :(

Please help
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Very strange... let's see whether it's the drawing or some setting on your PC. Please drop a couple of shapes on the page and save the drawing, then post it here. I'll open it on my machine to see whether the behavior is the same as what you see or what I see.
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ping_itAuthor Commented:
Here it is, the same one I used on the video.
Drawing3.vsd
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Here's what I see when I open your drawing:

Drawing3.jpg
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Clearly the colors have been applied, but they aren't visible on your system.
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ping_itAuthor Commented:
:( What can I do? Is there any option to show the colors applied?
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
I am a bit puzzled because there's no "black and white only" setting as there is in PowerPoint.  Have you installed any add-ins to Visio? For example, what is the third toolbar in the video you sent? The upper two are standard Visio toolbars but I don't recognize the short, third toolbar.

Also related to add-ins, select Tools>Trust Center then click Add-ins and post a screen shot of the resulting dialog.
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ping_itAuthor Commented:
The short tool bar is called Format Shape and it has been enabled on the View -> Toolbars menu, when I was trying to find alone a solution to this problem, but it didn't help.

I installed Visio 2007 few hours ago, following the 1 click standard installation, I didn't edit anything. It's running on Win XP.
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ping_itAuthor Commented:
I am going to try, I'll let you know
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