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Multiple Text Blocks

Under Visio 5.0 and earlier, the rule was always “one SmartShape symbol, lne text block.” Period. End of story. Groups did not contain their own text block. If you desired multiple text blocks within a symbol, you created a group shape and then had the ability to sub-select the sub-symbol and enter text into that sub-symbol's text block. The advantage of this scheme was that you could, through the use of multiple text blocks, position differing items of text in exacting positions within or outside of the confines of the symbol's geometry. The disadvantage of this scheme was that when a person selected a group symbol and simply began typing, the top-most sub-symbol in the z-order accepted the text by default. This often caused confusion about when sub-selection should take place and where the text input would fall. Often the designer would be compelled to go into the Protection section of a given sub-symbol and, in the LockTextEdit cell, remove the capability of the symbol to accept text. This, of course, triggered bizarre warnings to the user of the symbol, which was less than desirable.

Under Visio 2000, the behavior that you experienced under Visio 5.0 and previous versions is still in force, with one major exception. Under Visio 2000, groups themselves contain their own text blocks. The group's text block is, by default, the text block that receives the text input when the user selects and begins typing. There are, however, two settings you should make yourself aware of under Visio 2000. They are both found in the Format, Behavior dialog box.


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