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Chapter 8. Creating Network Diagrams > Creating Network Reports

Creating Network Reports

You can create a report on the equipment in your network diagrams by using the custom property data stored in the diagram. Visio includes several standard report types, such as the Inventory and Network Device report. You can also define your own report by creating a report definition —a set of criteria that specifies which shapes and custom properties are included in the report, as well as the format to use. You create report definitions or modify existing ones by using the Report Definition Wizard, which guides you through the process of specifying the criteria for your report. You run the report by clicking the Reports command on the Tools menu. You can save the results in a spreadsheet, an XML file, or a Web page, or you can display the report as a Visio shape—a specialized shape that displays the report data directly on the drawing page in your network diagram.

In this exercise, you create a new report definition, specifying which shapes and custom properties to include in it, and then you display the report as a Visio shape in the network diagram.


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