Shape.Export Method (Visio)

Office 2013 and later

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Exports an object from Microsoft Visio to a file format such as .bmp, .dib, .dwg, .dxf, .emf, .emz, .gif, .htm, .jpg, .png, .svg, .svgz, .tif, or .wmf.

expression .Export(FileName)

expression A variable that represents a Shape object.




Data Type





The fully qualified path and name of the file to receive the exported object.

Return Value


The file name extension indicates which export filter to use. If the filter is not installed, the Export method returns a compiler error in your Visual Basic or VBA project. The Export method uses the default preference settings for the specified filter and does not prompt the user for non-default arguments.

The Export method of a Page object supports saving to HTML file format using the extension .htm or .html. When pages are exported, Visio uses the settings that were last selected in the Save As dialog box.

If the specified file already exists, Visio replaces it without prompting the user.

Starting with Visio, you can use various properties and methods of the ApplicationSettings object that relate to raster images to configure settings for export to .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .tif file types.

This example shows how to export a Visio page as a bitmap (.bmp) file. It assumes a drawing page is open and active in Microsoft Visio.

Public Sub Export_Example() 
 Dim vsoPage As Visio.Page 
 Set vsoPage = ActivePage 
 vsoPage.Export ("C:\\myExportedPage.bmp") 
End Sub