Using Shape Data Sets

You can edit the data for any individual shape, or you can take advantage of Visio’s shape data set. This feature provides a quick way to define and work with a group of shape data, and then apply them wholesale to a group of shapes. To create a shape data set, you define a name for the set and then add the data you want to include. Then you can apply your property set to selected shapes on the drawing page, the document stencil, or any open custom stencil. When you create shape data in this way, it’s easy to edit labels and formats for the entire set.

Shape data sets become especially useful when you import objects to use as shapes or draw shapes from scratch. The imported and from-scratch shapes won’t have the same shape ...

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