• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 21. Customizing Shapes and Solutions > Understanding Shapes and Masters

Understanding Shapes and Masters

If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes when you work with Visio shapes, this section is for you. This information is useful primarily if you plan to create new shapes and save them for reuse as master shapes. Each master has an internal timestamp that records the date and time it was last updated. When you drag a master onto the drawing page, Visio uses its timestamp to determine whether to make a copy of the master on the document stencil. An instance or copy of the master appears on the drawing page, as Figure 21-9 shows. A drawing file always includes a document stencil that contains copies of the masters used in the drawing, even if the corresponding shapes are later deleted from the drawing page. An instance on the drawing page is linked to the copy of the master on the local stencil and inherits its behavior and appearance from that master. If you create a shape using the drawing tools, the shape is not linked to any master or the document stencil.

Figure 21-9. When you drag a shape from a stencil onto the drawing page, Visio places a copy of the master on the document stencil.



PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint