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Chapter 25. Making Shapes Smart > Adding Shortcut Commands to Shapes

Adding Shortcut Commands to Shapes

If you like to put Visio commands at your fingertips, you can define commands that appear when you right-click a shape. All Visio shapes already include on their shortcut menus a number of commands for formatting and editing, and if you know how to program in the ShapeSheet, you can write your own command to do anything you want. However, with a minimum of ShapeSheet knowledge, you can add a shortcut command to do any of the actions provided by the Double-Click tab in the Behavior dialog box. In addition, this section shows you how to program a ShapeSheet function for putting any Visio command on a shape’s shortcut menu.

When you want to add a command to a shape’s shortcut menu, you must display the Actions section of the ShapeSheet window. For some shapes, this section already appears in the ShapeSheet window. For other shapes, you have to add it. The Actions section includes cells that define the names of commands as they appear on a shape’s shortcut menu (the Menu cell) and the action to take when the command is selected (the Action cell), as Figure 25-9 shows.


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