Add a shape to a stencil

You can add any shape that you draw on the page to an editable stencil by dragging the shape from the drawing page to the stencil. You can also add a shape from one stencil to another stencil by using the Add To My Shapes command on a master's shortcut menu.

ShowAdd a shape from the page to a stencil

Open a new stencil, your Favorites stencil, or another custom stencil you've previously created.

ShowOpen a new stencil

On the File menu, point to Shapes, and then click New Stencil.

ShowOpen a custom stencil

On the drawing page, select the shape that you want to add to the stencil.Do one of the following:

To move the shape from the drawing to the stencil, drag the shape from the drawing page to the stencil. To copy the shape, press the CTRL key while you drag the shape to the stencil.

The shape is now a master (master: A shape on a stencil that you use repeatedly to create drawings. When you drag a shape from a stencil onto the drawing page, the shape becomes an instance of that master.) on the stencil. The master appears as an icon, labeled "Master.x," where x is a number.

To rename the master, right-click the master icon, point to Edit Master, and then click Master Properties. Type a name in the Name box. To save your changes, click the Save Stencil icon on the stencil title bar.

ShowAdd a shape from one stencil to another stencil

Open the stencil that contains the master you want to add to another stencil.

On the File menu, point to Shapes, and then point to My Shapes or another folder that contains the stencil.

In the open stencil that contains the master you want to copy, right-click the master, point to Add To My Shapes, and then click Favorites, another custom stencil name, or Add To Existing Stencil.To open the stencil that contains the copied master, on the File menu, point to Shapes, and point to My Shapes or another folder that contains the stencil.

 Note   If both stencils are editable, you can copy and paste the master instead.

 Notes 

The Visio masters supplied by Microsoft Corporation are copyrighted. You may copy and reorganize them for your own use, modify them for your own use, and distribute drawings that contain them. However, you may not sell or distribute original or modified Visio masters.To make it possible to search for your master shape using Search for Shapes, see Add search keywords to a custom master shape.