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Chapter 2. An Introduction to ShapeSheet... > The Scratch Section of the ShapeShee...

The Scratch Section of the ShapeSheet

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Visio created the SmartShape symbol, and with it, the ShapeSheet. In that ShapeSheet, Visio felt that it was necessary to be able to store intermediate calculations—especially because, at that time, the number of characters that could be placed in any given ShapeSheet cell was very limited. Users took to this storage facility and began to use it for an increasing number of purposes. Today, the Scratch section still exists, and because it does, I'm going to detail what a Scratch row is all about and how you can use it. Additionally, I will discuss some of the limitations inherent in a Scratch row and how these limitations can come back to bite you if you are not careful.

Scratch Row

A Scratch row is a repository for textual and numeric data. This data can be both formulas and values. A Scratch row consists of six columns divided into two distinct types. Cells X and Y are united cells. Cells A through D are non-united cells.


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