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Chapter 6. Storing Data in Diagrams > Entering Data in Shapes

Entering Data in Shapes

A shape becomes a data-entry form when you enter values, or data, for its custom properties. In the Custom Properties window, the label is the name of a particular property, and the value is the information you type or select for a given property. The part of the custom property where you type is sometimes referred to as a field, because custom properties work like database fields. For example, in an office plan, you can enter a value for a furniture shape’s Manufacturer property to create a visual record of purchase orders. In an organization chart, you can enter telephone numbers to create a visual employee phone list, as Figure 6-9 shows. After you enter values for custom properties, you can extract them in a report, as described later in this chapter.

Figure 6-9. In this organization chart, shapes include a custom property for employee telephone extension. By entering data in the Telephone field, you can create a visual phone list.



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