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How to copy an existing shape and modify it, saving as new shape

Postby amltdmFuZGFtbWU » Wed, 13 May 2009 03:19:01 GMT

I want to open an existing shape and modify it, and save to a new shape 
(saving me a lot of time). But when I open it to edit and try to ungroup it, 
I get an error that says "Shape protection and/or layer properties prevent 
execution of this command." There's no protection or layer properties that I 
can find. 

Re: How to copy an existing shape and modify it, saving as new shape

Postby AlEdlund » Wed, 13 May 2009 03:32:16 GMT

and would you like to share with us which shape you are attempting to 
change (there's a couple of them out there)?
al





Re: How to copy an existing shape and modify it, saving as new shape

Postby AlEdlund » Wed, 13 May 2009 03:39:49 GMT

and would you like to share with us which shape you are attempting to 
change (there's a couple of them out there)?
al




Re: How to copy an existing shape and modify it, saving as new shape

Postby Paul Herber » Wed, 13 May 2009 04:42:46 GMT

On Mon, 11 May 2009 11:19:01 -0700, jimvandamme




Don't try to ungroup the shape, many shapes will fall apart when
ungrouped.
Copy and save the shape into a new stencil, then open the new stencil
for editing, edit the new master shape and use the master explorer
window to edit the individual parts of the shape.


-- 
Regards, Paul Herber, Sandrila Ltd. 
Electrical for Visio           http://www.**--****.com/ 

Re: How to copy an existing shape and modify it, saving as new shape

Postby John... Visio MVP » Wed, 13 May 2009 21:11:09 GMT







Let me expand on what Paul is saying. When shapes are grouped, a new shape 
is created and the component shapes are added to a shapes collection within 
the new shape. At this point ungrouping can done with no ill effects. One of 
the powers of grouping Visio shapes is that a lot of things can be done to 
the group. The grouped shape can contain shape data(custom properties). The 
component shapes can reference properties of the grouped shapes or any of 
the component shapes, including shape data. When a shape is ungrouped, the 
grouped shape is lost along with all the extra references to it.
So the general rule iis NOT to ungroup. You can modify a grouped shape by 
using the "Open Group" command at the bottom of the Edit menu or use the 
Drawing Explorer.
Note: "Open Group" may be "Open nameofshape"

John... Visio MVP 


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