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Can i let two shapes auto connected without manually using connector?

Posted on 2013-01-09
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Hello Experts,
i need two Visio shapes (Divided Box) automatically connected, just like "Manager", "Assistant" shapes in organization chart.
is there any way that i can change the code or properties to do so?
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by:Visio_Guy
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Hi,

Visio's org chart shapes/solution is notoriously hard to customize. There is an option to add a horizontal line to the shapes, perhaps this will work for you.

It would be helpful if you could sketch an example of what you need, it isn't totally clear to me what you want, nor what the exact problem is.
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Example of visio shape auto connectWhen i build a visio's org chart, i can drag a shape (Let's say Executive), and drop a "manager" shape on top of the "Executive" shape, so that they are automatically connected.
 Is there any possible that i can make two "DividedBox" shapes auto connected, once i drop one on top of  another?
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by:Visio_Guy
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Hi,

I found a way to turn any(!) shape into an "Org" shape to some extent.  You'll need to edit the shape using the ShapeSheet, which requires the Developer ribbon tab. You can turn on the Developer tab by right-clicking the ribbon, and going to "Customize the Ribbon"

Here are the rest of the steps:

1. Drop a normal org chart shape on the page
2. Right-click your custom shape and choose Show ShapeSheet
3. In the ShapeSheet, locate the User-defined Cells section. If you don't see it, right-click and choose Insert Section...
4. Right-click in the User-defined Cells section and choose Insert Row. You'll get a new user row with a name like "User.Row_3"
5. Rename the row to "Solsh" so that it says User.Solsh in red.
6. Set User.Solsh = "{0BF98B35-200C-41D5-8A23-20EF77CBC94A}"
7. Close the ShapeSheet window
8. Drag your shape onto the other "real" org chart shape. Visio will add more cells to the ShapeSheet that make the shape behave well as an org chart shape. You won't get the right-click menu items, but you can use the main Org Chart ribbon tab to manipulate your custom shape!

Custom Org Chart shape with ShapeSheet
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by:user2073
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Custom org shape can't be connected I edit the shape step by step in Show ShapeSheetas as what you told , but it doesn't work.
The problem is:my shape still can't be automatically connected.
Apart from what i've changed so far, is there any other editing needed to make myshape behaving as a "real" org shape?
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Visio_Guy earned 500 total points
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Ok, I just tried it again, and noticed that I had to do one thing slightly different.

Dragging the new shape onto the org shape doesn't work. BUT, Ctrl + dragging a COPY of the new shape onto the org shape does work.

Give it a whirl, hope it works for you!
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by:user2073
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Visio Custom Org shape auto connectThank you Visio Guy!
It works!
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by:Visio_Guy
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Love it, looks great!
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