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Visio 2010 - Removing protection from shapes

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I am trying to unprotect about 20 shapes.  I can select them and I can uncheck the boxes that allow me to unprotect attributes of the shapes.  However, When I try to do something to the shapes, they're still protected.  Until I select each one individually!
Why?
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by:Scott Helmers
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In general, you can apply almost any change to multiple shapes by selecting them before making the change. I tried a simple experiment using multiple shapes just to be sure it works for protections. I selected a set of shapes and applied "From deletion" protection and all were protected. Then I selected all of them again and removed the deletion protection. Both operations worked as expected: the changes were applied to all shapes.

Do the above steps work for you? If so, what combination of protections are you trying to remove? Do any of the changes get applied to all shapes? None of the changes? Perhaps there is something about the specific combination of protections that is causing the problem...
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by:brothertruffle880
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I'm trying to remove ALL protections from a group of shapes.  
I think you nailed it correctly when you said "specific combination of protections that is causing the problem."
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Two options exist, I guess:

1) Try removing several subsets of options at a time until all have finally been removed. If you encounter one or two that don't seem to respond when you have multiple shapes selected, you might have to handle those shape by shape.

2)  Write a macro that iterates through a set of selected shapes and removes all restrictions from each shape.
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Just out of curiosity, did you figure out which permission settings were blocking removal from all shapes at once? Or did you end up writing a macro?
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