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Changes in Office Visio 2007

Updated: January 15, 2009

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

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Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-14

This topic lists changes in Microsoft Office Visio 2007 from Visio 2003.

Entry points to NetMeeting and File Search

Description: Entry points to NetMeeting and File Search are removed.

Reason for change: These features are replaced by LiveMeeting and Office Search.

Description: Several menus are changed in Office Visio 2007, resulting in the elimination of the following entry points for commands:

  • The View sub-menu is removed from shape RMA.

  • The Shape sub-menu is removed from page RMA.

  • Special on the Format menu is hidden, except in developer mode.

  • Custom Properties Set is removed from the Tools menu.

Reason for change: These changes provide a more streamlined user interface that makes it easier for users to access important features.

Migration path: Items accessed through RMA are still available from top-level menus. Items hidden from menus can be made available by enabling developer mode. Users must choose different entry points for the commands.

Organization Chart themes

Description: The Organization Chart themes feature is removed. Customers no longer see the Organization Chart theme combination box in the Org Chart Options dialog (accessible from the Options tab under Organization Chart) with its Classic and Contemporary options. This feature is replaced by the product-wide themes feature, located on the Format menu.

Reason for change: The new Themes feature provides additional functionality.

Migration path: Customers can select Format, Theme or click the Theme toolbar icon to access the new Theme task pane.

Styles user interface

Description: The Styles user interface is hidden by default in Office Visio 2007. The changes are as follows:

  • The Style and Define Styles commands appear on the Format menu only when the user is in developer mode (Tools, Options, Advanced tab).

  • The Line Style and Fill Style buttons on the Format Shape toolbar are set to hidden, and they do not appear on the toolbar by default.

  • The Text Style button on the Format Text toolbar is set to hidden, and it is not enabled by default. Users can continue to access Styles in the Drawing Explorer window.

Reason for change: The Styles feature has not been heavily used. The Themes feature supersedes the Styles feature for most users. Shape developers can still access it.

Migration path: Users have several ways to access the previous Styles feature. They can turn on developer mode in the Tools, Options, Advanced tab and access Styles on the Format menu. They can access Styles in Drawing Explorer. They can add the Style buttons to the Format Shape and Format Text toolbars.

Visio SDK: Visual Studio 6.0 wizards and managed code tutorials

Description: Visual Studio 6.0 Wizards and managed code tutorials are removed from the Visio SDK.

Reason for change: The new focus is on .NET technologies.

Migration path: To use the former wizards and tutorials, customers can download the previous and the new Visio SDKs.

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