Changes to the functionality of the My Shapes folder in Visio after Visio 2003 Service Pack 2 or a later version of Visio is installed

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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and later versions of Visio contain changes to the functionality of the ""My Shapes"" folder. This article describes the changes.

For more information about Visio 2003 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
887622 Description of Visio 2003 Service Pack 2

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The "My Shapes" folder

By default, when you first start Visio after you install the program, the path of the "My Shapes" folder is defined as follows:
%userprofile%\My Documents\My Shapes
Note In this path, %userprofile% indicates the path of the user profile that contains the My Documents folder.

The path of the "My Shapes" folder is stored in the MyShapesPath string value of one of the following registry subkeys.

Microsoft Office Visio 2007

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Visio\Application

Microsoft Office Visio 2003

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Visio\Application
Note If you want to prevent the "My Shapes" folder from being created, you can set a nonexistent path in the MyShapesPath string value.

When you move, delete, or rename the "My Shapes" folder

If you use Microsoft Windows Explorer to move, to delete, or to rename the "My Shapes" folder and then you start Visio, the following actions occur:
  • The "My Shapes" folder is not automatically re-created when you start Visio. The path that was originally set in the MyShapesPath string value in the registry remains. If the folder that the MyShapesPath string value points to does not exist, the MyShapesPath string value becomes a nonexistent path. The presence of a nonexistent path is what instructs Visio not to re-create the "My Shapes" folder.
  • If a nonexistent path is present in the MyShapesPath string value in the registry, the "My Documents" folder is the default folder when you click Open on the File menu and when you click Save As on the File menu.
Additionally, the following actions occur:
  • If you delete the path in the MyShapesPath string value in the registry but you do not delete, move, or rename the "My Shapes" folder, Visio writes the MyShapesPath string with the default value back into the registry the next time that you start Visio.
  • If you delete the path in the MyShapesPath string value in the registry and you delete, move, or rename the "My Shapes" folder, Visio writes the MyShapesPath string with the default value back into the registry and re-creates the "My Shapes" folder the next time that you start Visio.

When you use an Office language pack

When you first start Visio together with an Office language pack, the following actions occur:
  • A single "My Shapes" folder is created by using the localized folder name that is based on the installed language pack.
  • When you start Visio together with another language, an additional "My Shapes" folder is not created. The created "My Shapes" folder is used for all other languages.

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Article ID: 906521 - Last Review: June 13, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2007
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003
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