Scale shapes without distorting

I am new to Visio. This site seems like it may be my saving grace. I have checked many other sites for assistance only to hit brick walls. I have shapes ( hopefully the right term - library blocks in AutoCAD). I need to resize some of them but do not want to change the uniformity of the symbol.     For example, I have some that are capsule shaped. I need to make the capsule longer without changing the radius of the arc on the end. I am weary of trying and not getting positive results.

Please help this weary being.
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
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X47Author Commented:
Yes. Actually, it was not locked.
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Could you send an image of the shape (selected)?
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X47Author Commented:
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Have you tried to ungroup the shape?

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/305343
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X47Author Commented:
If I do, it will sever the link to the master. I'm just learning Visio but seems to me this would also destroy the data with the symbol.
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X47Author Commented:
And even ungrouping will still result in distortion of the shape.
Surely I am not the only one who ever encountered this issue. I have read many users come form AutoCAD background. So I know they know what I am talking about and had the same issue.
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Then try

Right-click  the shape and open (the group)
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X47Author Commented:
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Not sure I am conveying the problem completely. Take a shape like the one I sent you - a capsule shape. Click one of the center grips. See how the arc "distorts"? It also moves the text from its assigned position. This is a simple example but I have many instances that return the same type distortion.
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Karen FalandaysTraining SpecialistCommented:
If you grab the shape from the corner handles only, you will be able to change the shape without distorting the image. This works with shapes and pictures as well
kfalandaus
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X47Author Commented:
I don't want all the shapes, for example the capsule, to "enlarge". I want the capsule to be -longer- with the same width and arc on the ends.
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X47Author Commented:
How do you perform a stretch like the attached example?
flower.gif
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Karen FalandaysTraining SpecialistCommented:
You cannot stretch it in that way without distorting it. If you drew the picture manually, you would be able to just stretch the stem, for example.
kfalandays
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X47Author Commented:
Gets me why they would show that as a specific example (but not show you how to do it) if it Can't be done. "They" even go to the trouble of showing a bogus grip to stretch it up. Even though they call it yellow, when it is clearly green. What's up with this? So sad.
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Karen FalandaysTraining SpecialistCommented:
X47, where do you find the example to show this feature?
 In some drawing objects, you may see a yellow diamond shape handle that will let you size just a piece of the shape. If you do not see the yellow diamond, it is not available. To try this, insert a block arrow and change just the head of the arrow
kfalandays
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Karen FalandaysTraining SpecialistCommented:
Wow you are right, they gave a terrible  example that doesn't work with many shapes :(
kfalandays
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Visio_GuyCommented:
What you are trying to do is not trivial. You need to build shapes where parts of them stretch, and parts of them do not. In Visio, this is possible via the ShapeSheet--a spreadsheet-like interface that allows parametric definitions of geometry, among other things.

You can also do it graphically. Basically, you slice a shape into, e.g.: left-end, middle and right-end portions. Then you can stretch the middle bits, and place the ends appropriately, then re-group. To make the shape work dynamically, you have to do some ShapeSheet "programming". I can't explain it all here, it would take too long.

You may want to play with the slicing and dicing, though. The first step is to locate the Developer ribbon tab (http://www.visguy.com/2015/06/19/how-to-show-the-developer-ribbon-tab-and-why/) then use the Shape Design > Operations drop-down to Trim lines into pieces or Fragment areas into parts.

If you're more interested in the ShapeSheet stuff, here is a screen shot of a "vessel" or "pill" shape that maintains rounded ends, no matter what you do to its width and height (within reason). The corresponding Visio file (2013 forma or greater) is also attached.

Parameterized-Vessel.pngParameterized-Vessel.vsdx
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