Page.GetShapesLinkedToData Method (Visio)

Returns an array of all shapes on the active page linked to data in the specified data recordset.


This Visio object or member is available only to licensed users of Microsoft Visio Professional 2010 or Visio Premium 2010.

Version Added: Visio 2007

expression .GetShapesLinkedToData(DataRecordsetID, ShapeIDs())

expression An expression that returns a Page object.




Data Type





The ID of a data recordset contained in the current document.




Out parameter. An array of type Long that the method will return filled with the shape IDs of shapes on the page linked to the data recordset specified in DataRecordsetID.

Return Value


For the ShapeIDs() parameter, pass an empty, dimensionless array of type Long. If there are no linked shapes on the page, GetShapesLinkedToData will return an empty array.

To determine the specific data row in the data recordset shapes are linked to, use the Page.GetShapesLinkedToDataRow method.

The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the GetShapesLinkedToData method to determine the shape IDs of the shapes on the page linked to data in the data recordset most recently added to the DataRecordsets collection of the current document. It prints the shape IDs in the Immediate window.

Before running this macro, use the DataRecordsets.Add method or another means to add at least one data recordset to the DataRecordsets collection, and make sure there is at least one shape on the active page linked to data in the data recordset.

Public Sub GetShapesLinkedToData_Example() 
    Dim vsoDataRecordset As Visio.DataRecordset 
    Dim intRecordsetCount As Integer 
    Dim alngShapeIDs() As Long 
    Dim intArrayCounter As Integer 
    intRecordsetCount = Visio.ActiveDocument.DataRecordsets.Count 
    Set vsoDataRecordset = Visio.ActiveDocument.DataRecordsets(intRecordsetCount) 
    ActivePage.GetShapesLinkedToData vsoDataRecordset.ID, alngShapeIDs 
    For intArrayCounter = LBound(alngShapeIDs) To UBound(alngShapeIDs) 
        Debug.Print alngShapeIDs(intArrayCounter) 
End Sub