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Stencil is not visible when a map is opened

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Ref: 201204241208
Last Edited: April 24th, 2012
When opening an existing process map, no stencil appears.
Possible Cause 1:
It is possible that the file is not being saved with its workspace information. See 'Stencil does not save with Process Map' for more information.
Possible Cause 2:
If using Visio 2010, Visio may be configured not to display stencils.
With the map open in Visio:
  1. Click the 'View' tab.
  2. On the ribbon, click 'Task Panes' > Shapes.
Note: There is a similar setting in Visio 2003 and 2007, but switching off the visibility of stencils doesn't persist in new sessions of Visio.


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