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visio - how to use favorites and masters to update existing drawings?

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Is there a way in visio to do this?

I have a title block / page border that is in my favorites.

Sometimes I make changes to it and then going forward, when I open a previously made page, I have to remember to delete the old title block and copy the new updated title block from favorites.  And have to wonder if I already did that.  A nuisance.

So they call things in favorites 'masters'.  How does that work?  If I have the same object dragged from favorites into the document, if I make a change to the master in Favorites, is it supposed to push it to the instances on the page?  I don't see that.  And then when I open a different drawing with that old version of the object, is it supposed to look at favorites, say 'oh! that's a newer version of this item' and update it in the drawing?  I am not seeing it do that.
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Scott Helmers earned 2000 total points
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It is possible to update a master within one document and have instances in the same document change, but it requires a bit more knowledge. I described the relationships and technique to achieve what you're asking in this article.

Unfortunately, changing a master in one diagram and having the changes apply across instances in multiple diagrams is not possible without writing code to accomplish the work.
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It's late so I didn't read all of your article (YET) but I'm sure it'll answer my question or give me enough info I'll know what is / isn't working.  THANKS!
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by:BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
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Do you have a blog?  Love to read more of what you write!
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