Wednesday 8 March 2017


A Free Document Productivity Tool For Visio

SmartShapeRenumber allows you to renumber group shapes where the number of the shape is in a separate location from the shapes text.

In this example it will enter the number of the shape in the top right portion of the main shape. 

SmartShapeRenumber also supports numbering simple shapes where the number is part of the text of the main shape.

SmartShapeRenumber also supports prefix values if you need them.

Visio's standard renumbering tool supports the prefix concept but only applies numbers to the main text of the shape and will not put number a group shape. 

Using the Tool

Select the shapes to number one at a time holding the control key down and clicking the shapes in the order that they are to be numbered.  
Press the SmartShapeRenumber shortcut key (control+N).

The first time SmartShapeRenumber is used, you can add a prefix that will apply to all numbered shapes on the current page.  

Leave this blank if you dont have a prefix.

You now enter the value to start numbering from. 
SmartShapeRenumber finds the number of the first shape as a default, so if you are renumbering, start with the first unchanged shape.

The shapes in the selection are renumbered in the order that they were selected.

How it works

SmartShapeRenumber looks for the subshape that contains the numbering portion.  It does this by locating the subshape that contains just a number or the "*" charter (a placeholder for a number).  In addition it will also look for any subshape that has already been numbered but the tool.