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Part 1: Introduction to Visio 2003 > Storing Data in Diagrams

Chapter 6. Storing Data in Diagrams

Working with Shapes, Data, and Custom Properties165
Entering Data in Shapes174
Defining Custom Properties175
Using Custom Property Sets180
Creating Reports190


Besides the great visuals you get from a drawing or diagram, you can use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to store a great deal of information. Most diagram types are designed to include data in the form of customizable shape properties called custom properties. Custom properties provide a data-entry interface for a shape. For example, organization chart shapes can store data about employees, such as name and job title. Network shapes can store data about devices and equipment, such as manufacturer and model number. You don’t have to take advantage of these properties; your drawings and diagrams can remain just as they are. But if you want to provide a deeper layer of information about your drawing’s contents—information that can be extracted in reports and other forms—you can store data as custom properties.


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