Shape.CellsRowIndex Property (Visio)

Office 2013 and later

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Returns the index of a row to which a cell belongs. Read-only.

expression .CellsRowIndex(localeSpecificCellName)

expression An expression that returns a Shape object.




Data Type





The name of a ShapeSheet cell.

Return Value


The CellRowIndex property searches by local cell names first; if it doesn't find the name, it will search by universal cell name.

Beginning with Microsoft Visio 2000, you can use both local and universal names to refer to Visio shapes, masters, documents, pages, rows, add-ons, cells, hyperlinks, styles, fonts, master shortcuts, UI objects, and layers. When a user names a shape, for example, the user is specifying a local name. Beginning with Microsoft Office Visio 2003, the ShapeSheet spreadsheet displays only universal names in cell formulas and values. (In prior versions, universal names were not visible in the user interface.)

As a developer, you can use universal names in a program when you don't want to change a name each time a solution is localized. Use the CellsRowIndex property to get a cell's row index by using the cell's local name. Use the CellsRowIndexU property to get a cell's row index by using the cell's universal name.