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Visio 2013 - How to change existing shapes without recreating

I have a rectangular shape selected.  It's a particular color and contains text.  However, now I need to change this from a rectangle to an oval, or something else.  Is there any way to do this without having to create everything from scratch?
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brothertruffle880
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
You can change shapes in Visio 2013, because that version of Visio finally provides a long-awaited change shape feature.

Right-click the shape and then click the Change Shape button on the mini toolbarmini toolbarThe candidate shapes that appear are the shapes from the current stencil. BTW, there is also a Change Shape button in the Editing group on the Home tab.

If you want a shape that's in another open stencil, there is a dropdown list of all open stencils in the upper right corner. If the shape you want to change to is in a stencil that isn't open, simply open the stencil before clicking the Change Shape button. Finally, if the shape you want to change to isn't in any stencil because it's a shape you drew, just create a new stencil and drag your shape into it.
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brothertruffle880Author Commented:
FANTASTIC!!!!!
I was looking on the home tab and didn't see it.
Crap.  I didn't look hard enough.

Thanks again Scott!!!!!
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Tita AtangCommented:
Excellent! This will save me hours! Thanks for sharing!
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Tita. It's always nice when answers to a previous question come back to help someone else.
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Claus StribCommented:
Unfortunately I have the same task ... an for some reason my "Edit shape" is greyed out and can't be selcted ... :-(
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Claus -- what is greyed out for you? The Change Shape button on the Home tab is greyed out if no shape is selected, but as soon as you select one or more shapes it should light up. Is your experience different?
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