You cannot view a Visio 2010 diagram that is saved to a SharePoint site that is running Visio Services in SharePoint Server 2010


Consider the following scenario:
  • You create a Microsoft Visio 2010 diagram.
  • You save the diagram as a .vsd file. A .vsd file is the default file format in Visio 2010.
  • In Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, you save the .vsd file to a SharePoint site that is running Visio Services.
  • You try to view the Visio diagram on the SharePoint site.
In this scenario, the diagram does not display. Additionally, the diagram tries to open in Visio 2010 on the client computer.


Visio Services will display only Web Drawings (*.vdw) in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition. It is not designed to display any other format Visio Drawings (.vsd/.vss/.vst/.vdx/.vsx/.vtx).


To work around this issue, save the diagram as a Web Drawing (*.vdw).

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Open the diagram in Visio 2010.
  2. On the File tab, click Save & Send.
  3. Click Save to SharePoint.
  4. On the right side of the window, select a SharePoint location.
  5. In the File Types section, click Web Drawing (*.vdw).
  6. Click Save As, and then save the diagram to the SharePoint location.

More Information

For a Visio drawing to be viewable a web browser, the file must be published to a document library in the Web Drawing (*.vdw) format. Only the Professional and Premium editions of Visio 2010 have the option to save in the Web Drawing (*.vdw) format. The term "published" in this context means to save as or upload to a document library. The term "render" in this context means to convert a Visio file into a format that is viewable in SharePoint with the Visio Graphics Service started.

The only Visio file type that will have the "View in Web Browser" Open menu option in a Document Library is Web Drawing (*.vdw). All other Visio file types will only have the "Edit in Microsoft Visio" option.