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Visio 2013 Bug? Developer Tab does not remain visible after two cycles of opening and closing .vsdm file

Posted on 2013-12-05
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I've been using visio 2013 for a couple of weeks, no problem with automation and always with .vsdm files. But today, I kept loosing the developer tab from  .vsdm files, despite careful saving.

In the end I realised that authored file content and/or modules of any kind were not relevant to the problem.

I made two files,
A. a Visio 2010  .VSD file with Developer tab visible. However many times they were opened or closed, the developer tab always showed. File= Kelvin4TestVisio-2010.vsd

B. a Visio 2013 .VSDM file with Developer tab open when loaded to the EE site. When the file was re-opened for the first time, the developer tab was present, but repeat the reopening again ... and the tab disappears. So I checked Options>Developer tab display and saved file again: but the same occurred: two re-opens and the tab goes invisible! There was no author-written vba code in this file. The file remained a .VSDM file; it never turned itself into .VSDX.

I could not load file B; .VSDM files are not yet accepted by my EE site.

Sadly, experience says 'user error' ... but how so, after so many happy hours of normal service?

Incidentally, can VBA be written in the document module to instruct the developer tab to be visible when the visio file first opens?

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Maybe you can zip the vsdm file first to upload it?

I wonder if the registry is getting confused. When I switch between Visio 2010 and Visio 2013 (on same machine), I let the full "reconfigure/reinstall" process run. It takes about a minute and is agonizing to have to do over and over.

I don't run Visio 2010 and Visio 2013 at the same time. I just have this feeling that it is not a good thing to do.
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Thanks, Visio_Guy
I zipped the .VSDM file up, but EE detected the file within the zip folder, and refused it.

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- Take your point re legacy Visio 2010;  it was simply insurance til I got happy with 2013, and was not opened recently before this problem.

- I considered doing a Windows 7 system restore to one week back ( when 2013 was working well), but there were no program changes during that time, ie nothing to restore.

- Restarted PC as it was due, but no change to tab problem.

-Wondered if renaming and saving the new visio VSDM file would enable the Developer tab to stay on through cycle of file create and close --> re-open, but it made no difference. Two cose & reopens lost the developer tab every time.

Thanks Kelvin
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Oh I use both Visio on the same machine, but never at the same time. I think they share registry settings somehow, so I always let that "reconfiguring" step run until it is finished.
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OK, So I'm in the clear on that (never running both at the same time.
So, can I send you my file to a separate address?
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How the problem panned out:

I used the Quick and then the Online MS Diagnostics for Visio Professional 2013.

Quick - did nothing to help
OnLine - could not get a report on the diagnostic, so who knows what it really did .

BUT when I opened Visio 2013 after the OnLine Diagnostic - I was led, via web, to re-register my Visio application. So I did.

When I finally re-opened my Visio 2013 again - it not NOT forgot my developer tab in a few trials.

So here's hoping!
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Early Seasonal Greetings + plus Points!
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