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    Saving Custom Templates (2003)

    I have created a custom Visio Template and have not been able to figure out how to put it in the Network category in the File/New menu. In previous Visio versions there were folders that the templates could be placed in to be categorized. However in the 2003 version it looks like all the templates are just in one single folder with no clue as to how they are assigned to the File/New categories. I have searched Help and have been unable to find any info. Any ideas???

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    Re: Saving Custom Templates (2003)

    Well, that is an interesting question and it took a fair amount of working out. I initially thought this would be held in the registry but figured that there must be another way as well. I couldn't find anything relevant in the registry although there were some interesting keys in the installer area that distracted me for some time.

    Then I found http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default...._HV81900971.asp which put me on the right path. The steps are:
    1. Create a Folder for your Visio Templates eg C:VisioCustomTemplates
    2. Create a Folder for your category name inside that folder eg C:VisioCustomTemplatesNetwork
    3. Put at least one VST file in the Network folder created in step 2
    4. Open Visio and go into Tools > Options > Advanced > File Paths and add the first path string to the Templates Value. Assuming this is empty initially it should now contain C:VisioCustomTemplates
    5. Close Visio and reopen it

    If you now add other folders of VST files inside the VisioCustomTemplates folder then they should each appear as a new Category (or in a Category if they share that name with an existing one)
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Saving Custom Templates (2003)

    Wow! Could they have made that any more cumbersome! It was so much easier in previous versions.
    Thanks for your help! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
    Jill

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    Re: Saving Custom Templates (2003)

    When I think about it, it is basically the same as how Word handles templates these days. The only differences are Word has two possible custom template paths and Visio's single one is empty by default.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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