A fish out of water: How to fix Text annotations on Visio Stencils

Posted: August 24, 2020  |  Categories: Visio

I don’t consider myself a master of Visio, although I use it a lot to make my solution diagrams or system architectures and have already been considered Visio MVP for a year for my contributions to this product. As you may know, I create several years ago a Microsoft Integration, Azure, BAPI, Office 365 and much more Stencils Pack for Visio that I maintain until today (the last update was 4 days ago). And one of the tops complain is about text annotations: be able as a standard behavior to add text annotation bellow the shapes rather than on top that is the default of most shapes present in this package.

Well, luckly there is, the only problem is that there are so many items to change in this collection that this will take some time to finish, nevertheless I already start to work on this and the first set is already fixed.

This blog and video will show you how to fix this issue and maybe you can join me and contribute on this GitHub project and help me speed up this process of fixing this issue.

Fix Text annotations on Visio Stencils

Click on the shape that you want and type something. if the text is on top of the shape follow this steps:

Fix Text annotations on Visio Stencils
  1. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Text Block tool Text Block button.
  2. Drag and resize the text block and put it in the desired position, normally bellow the shape.
Fix Text annotations on Visio Stencils
  1. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Pointer Tool Pointer button .

After you switch back to the Pointer Tool Pointer button, the text keeps the same position relative to the shape. If you use the Pointer Tool to drag the text, the shape will also move, even if the text is no longer on the shape.

Tip and tricks – Fix Text annotations on Visio Stencils (video)

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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