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Cannot delete Visio 2010 Container

Posted on 2014-01-20
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I have found that I cannot delete one of the containers in my current visio project.   I have clicked everywhere but cannot select it or change it.  All I can do is connect it or change the title.  

How  I do I get control of this thing and remove it from a drawing I have already spent hours editing?
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Question by:DonFreeman
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by:Scott Helmers
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You probably know this because you said you can change the title of the container, but it worth pointing out that you can only select a container in two ways: 1) by clicking its header or one of the edges, or 2) by drawing a bounding box that surrounds the entire container. (Note: unlike method one, the bounding box technique also selects all of the shapes in the container.)

Does either technique allow you to select and delete the container?

If not, can you post the diagram so I can take a look?
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I think I ended up redrawing it.  I copied what I could salvage into a new drawing and then dropped it.    I am new to the Visio work process.

I think the thing with the containers is you have to construct the objects first and then containerize them.     It doesn't seem to work well to create things inside them because they don't get created correctly.  In this case I was creating things in a container, inside another container.
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by:DonFreeman
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The drawing was broken because I think I induced a bug by using the containers in way outside the parameters conceived by the designers.   I had to start the drawing over.
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by:Art Van Dulet
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Click on the container.  Right click and select Container > Disband Container
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