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how to trim lines on their intersection points? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to trim the line of a shape on two defined points? 

    like the Z-axis in the following pic:

    On the Y-axis i created it with the pencil tool, but on the Z-Axis i never get an acceptable result..

    therefore i created an ellipse shape and want to cut the line on two poins but dont know how...

    I use Visio 2013

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 5:20 PM

Answers

  • Hi Rainer Zufal

    This is really easy.  You need the Trim tool, just like in Visio 2003.  The problem is finding the Trim tool because Microsoft has hidden it in Visio 2013.  It is the Developer tab (apparently us ordinary users no longer wish to trim, join or do other operations on shapes, and these operations are only for developers!)

    First, click on "File" to get to the "Info" page. Then in the list on the left, select "Options".  When the "Visio Options" window opens, select "Advanced" in the list on the left.  In the Advanced window, scroll down to the bottom and under "General" tick the box for "Run in developer mode".  Click "OK".

    Now, when you return to your drawing, the ribbon should include the "Developer" tab.  Select your ellipse and the two crossing lines that mark where you want to cut it, and then click on the developer tab. In the "Shape Designs" section, click on "Operations" and then "Trim". The ellipse and both straight lines will be cut where they intersect.  You can now delete the bits you don't want.

    I use this all the time.  It was so much easier in Visio 2003.  Personally, in order to make this usable I have edited my Quick Access Toolbar to include "Operations".

    I hope that this helps.

    Alasdair

    • Marked as answer by RainerZufal Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:39 PM
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 11:44 AM

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  • Here is the answer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830915 Use Ctrl + Click on the ruler bar and drag drown to the 0 position you want.

    KR

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:37 AM
  • Hi Rainer Zufal

    This is really easy.  You need the Trim tool, just like in Visio 2003.  The problem is finding the Trim tool because Microsoft has hidden it in Visio 2013.  It is the Developer tab (apparently us ordinary users no longer wish to trim, join or do other operations on shapes, and these operations are only for developers!)

    First, click on "File" to get to the "Info" page. Then in the list on the left, select "Options".  When the "Visio Options" window opens, select "Advanced" in the list on the left.  In the Advanced window, scroll down to the bottom and under "General" tick the box for "Run in developer mode".  Click "OK".

    Now, when you return to your drawing, the ribbon should include the "Developer" tab.  Select your ellipse and the two crossing lines that mark where you want to cut it, and then click on the developer tab. In the "Shape Designs" section, click on "Operations" and then "Trim". The ellipse and both straight lines will be cut where they intersect.  You can now delete the bits you don't want.

    I use this all the time.  It was so much easier in Visio 2003.  Personally, in order to make this usable I have edited my Quick Access Toolbar to include "Operations".

    I hope that this helps.

    Alasdair

    • Marked as answer by RainerZufal Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:39 PM
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 11:44 AM
  • Thanks Alasdair

    i tried working with the trim tool before but the decisive point was to select ALL the lines and then click "trim"


    • Edited by RainerZufal Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:39 PM
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:39 PM