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Hide some properties in shape data by changing other values of other properties in same shape data

Posted on 2011-03-24
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ShapeSheetcontrol-Q-to-ExpertsEx.vsd

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I would like to know if/how I can - in real time - affect the hide status of some property in a shape sheet by changing the value of a different property in the same shape data.

The object is to enable the user to open and close sections of a large set of shape data , with the objective of not over-facing a third party user. The user would NOT wish to use the main shape sheet resource.

Many thanks - Kelvin4.
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Scott Helmers earned 2000 total points
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Kelvin,

You can do what you want... You'll find two options in the attached.

1) I've modified the ShapeSheet in the pinkish rectangle to do exactly what you've asked, i.e., when you change the header row value, it's data rows appear/disappear.

2) The data rows in the purplish rectangle actually derive their show/hide status from another "control" shape. The advantage of this approach (which you may or may not need), is that setting True/False in the control shape can cause changes in multiple other shapes. If I were going to implement something like this, I would probably create a control shape that contained checkboxes rather than making the user change shape data values.

For a built-in example of something very similar to what you're trying to do, check out the BPMN stencil in the Flowchart group (Visio Premium 2010 only). Drag one of the BPMN shapes onto the page and check out the data rows that can take on a value of Shown or Hidden. It's uncannily like what you're trying to do!

Scott
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Scott:
Glad to hear your Visio book is progressing fast. ~Two points from a beginner:

Microsoft support, and links to access it from visio is incredibly confusing and not really intuitive - more an infuriating random walk. Anything you can do to state the blooming obvious would probably be well received. There is tendency to assume a level of intuition on the part of users. This does not apply to all (or me!), I find the microsoft sites really hard.

Secondly I had a nastey experience with Visio 2010 Premium. Suddenly, after a few weeks of happy use, it slowed, and slowed, and stopped saving one thing and then another, until it became unusable. clearing and reloading the app did not halt this. Nor did intensive anti-viral anti-spyware help.

Finally, I loaded it under suggestion into a different user account on my lap-top and all went well. Then I found others with the same experience. I think this deserves an airing?

Good luck with the book!
Kelvin4
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Kelvin,

Thanks for the comments about the book. For better or worse, it's too late to add anything -- it went to the printer today!

I'm not aware of the Visio 2010 slowdown issue you're describing. I certainly haven't seen it personally on any of a half-dozen PCs. I'll ask around to see whether any of the other MVPs have run across this.

Scott
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