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Shapes I: Introductory basics you can't live without

File menu, Shapes submenu, My Shapes submenu, ContosoShapes command

This person copied ContosoShapes.vss to My Documents\My Shapes. Now it appears on the My Shapes submenu.

Sometimes other people have made shapes that you want to use — a coworker, say, or a company that makes and sells Visio shapes for certain industries.

When you want to use shapes made by others, they could send you a copy of a Visio drawing with those shapes in it. Often, however, what you'll get is a stencil of shapes.

A stencil is a file with ".vss" or ".vsx" in the file name. For example, a stencil might be called ContosoShapes.vss or ContosoShapes.vsx. When you receive a stencil file, copy it to this location:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Shapes

After you do that, the stencil will be available on the File menu and the Shapes submenu.

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