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Visio 2013 - How to change existing shapes without recreating

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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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Question by:brothertruffle880
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Scott Helmers earned 500 total points
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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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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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by:Tita Atang
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Excellent! This will save me hours! Thanks for sharing!
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You're welcome, Tita. It's always nice when answers to a previous question come back to help someone else.
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