Shape Loses Formatting Visio 2010

I'm a casual user of Visio who produces very simple TOs for my organization. However, I'm having a terrible time trying to do a simple task like copying a shape and pasting it. I create shape, then spend time formatting it the right size and shape that I want. Then I try to copy and paste it so I can reuse it, and it loses all of it's formatting. It's so frustrating and time consuming to have to re-format all these shapes. Am I doing something wrong?
MavisleeAsked:
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Are you using keyboard controls or right-click options?
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MavisleeAuthor Commented:
right click options
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Have you tried using the PasteSpecial option or keyboard controls?

Ctrl+C to Copy -> Ctrl+V to Paste
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MavisleeAuthor Commented:
I did try the paste special previously, and now tried the keyboard shortcuts. Both have the same result. Are you able to do this using any of those methods? Maybe it's a setting somewhere?
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
In general, copy/paste in Visio creates an exact duplicate of a shape, including all formatting, so the behavior you're seeing is unusual.

Are you pasting into the same or a different document? I ask because the one circumstance I can think of that would cause the behavior you describe is if you copy a formatted shape from a document that uses a theme into a document that uses a different theme. In that situation, the shape would take on attributes from the new theme.

You said you're creating TOs -- are you using the org chart template or a different template?
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MavisleeAuthor Commented:
Hi Scott -
I am copying and pasting in the same document. These have been inherited from previous versions so I'm not sure what template was originally used. I do have an "Org Chart" tab up top  so I'm thinking it was the organizational chart template. The shapes are all consistent with Org Chart shapes. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking maybe it's because this is such an old document it's not working right? It's definitely been around at least 10 years and through several versions of Visio....

Ok, so after I wrote the above, I tested my theory. I created a new chart in Visio 2010 and sure enough the shapes copied/pasted correctly. I suppose it's time to redo each chart as they come up. It's not worth the headache of trying to figure out what got corrupted in this document. Thanks so much for your help, If it weren't for you asking the right questions, I never would've gotten the answer!
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
I'm glad I could help.

BTW, you should be able to save yourself some work in recreating the org charts. Look on the org chart tab for the "Export" button. Clicking that button will export all of the data to Excel. Then create a brand new org chart and launch the org chart wizard (the "Import") button; Visio will build the new chart for you. You will lose all formatting but because you are only exporting and importing the raw data, your new chart should be corruption free.
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MavisleeAuthor Commented:
With Scott's assistance, I was able to determine the problem and solution relatively quickly. Then Scott gave me additional advice on how to implement the solution faster. Thanks so much!
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