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Dashed or dotted line patterns are converted to a solid line pattern when you embed a Visio 2002 object
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In Microsoft Visio 2002 when your drawing contains objects that use a dashed or a dotted line pattern, and you copy and paste the objects to a Microsoft Office document or to a document in another program that supports linked and embedded objects, you may find that some of the embedded Visio objects are displayed with a solid line pattern. Objects that use a line pattern with thick, short lines retain their formatting, whereas objects that use a line pattern with thinner, longer lines do not retain their formatting. The line pattern of these embedded objects are converted to solid lines.
Visio renders very long lines and very thin lines as solid lines to reduce the size of the Enhanced Metafile (EMF) of the embedded object. By doing so, Visio reduces the increase in file size that occurs when you embed objects in documents in other programs and also helps to avoid printer buffer overruns.
Note that the Visio drawing is not changed, only the EMF image of the drawing that is displayed in the document is changed when the drawing is not activated. When you double-click the embedded Visio drawing, the line pattern of objects is displayed as expected by using either a dotted or dashed line pattern. When you print the document that contains the embedded Visio object, the EMF image is printed by using solid lines.
How to obtain the hotfixThis issue is fixed in the Visio 2002 Post-Service Release 1 Hotfix Package that is dated July 23, 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
823326After you install this hotfix, follow the steps that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article to set the MetafileDashLineAsSolid registry key and to activate the hotfix.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823326/ )Visio 2002 Post-Service Release 1 Hotfix Package: July 23, 2003
To work around this problem, increase the thickness of the line pattern of the embedded Visio object after you copy and paste the Visio drawing to the other program. To do so, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
To activate this hotfix, follow these steps:
MetafileDashLineAsSolidregistry entry to any one of the following values, as appropriate to your situation:
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684For more information about how to fix this problem in Visio 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837294/ )Dashed or dotted line patterns are converted to a solid line pattern when you embed a Visio 2003 object in another document