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Chapter 24. Connecting Diagrams and Databases > Linking Shapes and Databases

Linking Shapes and Databases

Visio can link shape properties to database records with a two-way connection that you can keep up to date. In programmatic terms, the link is persistent, which means that after you set up the link between shapes and database records, the connection remains in effect as long as both the drawing file and database exist. When you change the value of linked shape properties, you can refresh the database with the values. Likewise, when the database changes, you can update shapes. Clearly, this functionality is a powerful way to tie drawings and data together. Your drawing file can become a dynamic catalog of information that accurately reflects the contents of a database. At a minimum, you can create a shape-to-database link to import values into custom property fields.

Linking Limitations

There are limits to what Visio can do when it creates a link between a shape and a database record. Be aware of the following limitations:


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