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Customizing Templates

When you create or customize a template, you set up a reusable environment that includes one or more drawing pages, the page settings you require, and the stencils that you want to make available. The simplest way to create a template with custom settings is to open a drawing, choose the page settings and stencils you want, and then save everything as a template (.vst) file. It’s no more complicated than that.

Most Visio templates open with a blank drawing page, but you can create a template that already includes shapes. For example, you can save a border and title block on the drawing page and then save the drawing as a template. Or you can add your company logo to a background page and then save the file as a template so that the logo will appear on each page of a diagram created with that template, as Figure 21-16 shows. People typically create their own templates when they want a convenient way of opening several frequently used stencils together, or when they want to save custom page settings and window positions.


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