Master.CreateShortcut method (Visio)

Creates a shortcut for a master.


expression. CreateShortcut

expression A variable that represents a Master object.

Return value



The new master shortcut is created in the same document as the target master and is added to the document's MasterShortcuts collection. If you are trying to create a shortcut in a stencil, the stencil must therefore be editable for this method to succeed.


Starting with Microsoft Office Visio 2003, only user-created stencils are editable. By default, Visio stencils are not editable.

The new shortcut's name is "Shortcut to X", where "X" is the name of the target master. The shortcut's TargetDocumentName and TargetMasterName properties identify the target master. So once a shortcut has been created, it can be moved or copied into other documents.

You cannot create a shortcut to a master in an unsaved stencil. If you try to do so, the CreateShortcut method returns an error.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the CreateShortcut method to create a shortcut to a master. This example assumes that you have created a stencil named "SampleStencil.vss" containing a master named "SampleMaster" and saved it to the C drive on your computer.

Public Sub CreateShortcut_Example() 
 Dim vsoApplication As Visio.Application 
 Dim vsoMasterShortcut As MasterShortcut 
 Set vsoApplication = ActiveDocument.Application 
 Set vsoMasterShortcut = vsoApplication.Documents("C:\SampleStencil.vss").Masters("SampleMaster").CreateShortcut 
End Sub

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