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    Changing drawing type (template) (Visio 2000)

    I've created chart using the "cross-functional flowchart" drawing type (also called a template, I think). I chose the horizontal option, but have now changed my mind and want vertical. Do I have to start again?

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    Re: Changing drawing type (template) (Visio 2000)

    I suspect you will have to start again <img src=/S/bagged.gif border=0 alt=bagged width=22 height=22>

    I have not explored this template before but it looks like the two options are not physically the same items that can be toggled since the stencils for the Cross-Functional Flowchart Shapes are different between the two options.

    As a process to translate between the two layouts I would do the following:
    1. Colour code each swim-lanes flow shapes so that I can remember which lane they belong in
    2. Ensure all connectors are attached to the middle geometry of each flow shape
    3. Copy all flow shapes to a new file with the correct orientation (Everything except the swimlanes)
    4. Drag the flow shapes around to realign with the new orientation of lanes
    5. Remove the colour coding (if you want to)

    If you follow that process then it shouldn't be too painful to switch.

    Next time, make sure you don't change your mind <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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