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Chapter 21. Customizing Shapes and Solutions > Mastering Visio Documents

Mastering Visio Documents

Behind every shape, template, and solution in Visio is a file format that makes customization possible. If you want to create your own stencils, or customize templates for others or just yourself, you need to understand this fundamental fact of Visio life: All Visio files have the same format, and that format includes a drawing page and a stencil. That is, every drawing page has a stencil, and every stencil has a drawing page. The file name extension determines what you see when you open a file, which is why when you open a stencil (.vss) file, you typically don’t see the drawing page, or when you open a blank drawing (.vsd) file, you don’t see a stencil.

Here’s a little experiment you can try to see how this works:


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