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Selection.LinkToData Method (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Links a selection of shapes to a single data row in a data recordset.

Note This Visio object or member is available only to licensed users of Visio Professional 2013.


expression . LinkToData( DataRecordsetID , DataRowID , AutoApplyDataGraphics )

expression An expression that returns a Selection object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
DataRecordsetIDRequiredLongThe ID of the data recordset containing the data to link to.
DataRowIDRequiredLongThe ID of the row in the data recordset containing the particular data record to link to.
AutoApplyDataGraphicsOptionalBooleanWhether to automatically apply a data graphic to the linked shapes. See Remarks for more information.

Return Value



The Selection.LinkToData method functions much like the same method of the Shape object, Shape.LinkToData , except that it links a selection of shapes, instead of a single shape, to a single data row.

If Visio cannot establish a link between a shape and the data row, Visio skips that shape and goes on to the next shape in the selection. After you run the method, to determine if all shapes in the selection are actually linked to the data row, call the Shape.GetLinkedDataRow method on each shape in the selection. If that method fails for any shape, it indicates that the shape is not linked to the data row. Visio will usually succeed in linking a row to a shape unless the shape is already linked to data and the link-replacement-behavior setting for the data recordset specifies that the link should not be replaced.

If you pass True for the AutoApplyDataGraphics parameter, Visio re-applies the existing data graphic to shapes that already had data graphics applied before you called the method. For shapes that previously had no data graphic, Visio applies the data graphic most recently applied to any other shape in the current document.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the LinkToData method to link the shapes in a selection to a data row.

Before running this macro, place several shapes on the page and add at least one data recordset to the DataRecordsets collection of the document. The macro uses the ID of the data recordset most recently added to the collection. It links selected shapes to the data in the first row of the data recordset.

Public Sub LinkToData_Example() 

    Dim vsoDataRecordset As Visio.DataRecordset 
    Dim vsoSelection As Visio.Selection 
    Dim intCount As Integer 

    intCount = Visio.ActiveDocument.DataRecordsets.Count 
    Set vsoDataRecordset = Visio.ActiveDocument.DataRecordsets(intCount) 


    Set vsoSelection = ActiveWindow.Selection 
    vsoSelection.LinkToData vsoDataRecordset.ID, 1, True 

End Sub
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