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Application.DrawingPaths Property (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Gets or sets the paths where Microsoft Visio looks for drawings. Read/write.


expression . DrawingPaths

expression A variable that represents an Application object.

Return Value



The DrawingPaths property is set to an empty string ("") by default.

The string passed to and received from the DrawingPaths property is the same string shown in the File Locations dialog box. (Click the File tab, click Options, click Advanced, and then, under General, click ** File Locations.) This string is stored in the **HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Visio\Application\DrawingsPath subkey.

Visio looks for drawings in all paths named in the DrawingPaths property and all the subfolders of those paths. If you pass the DrawingPaths property to the EnumDirectories method, it returns a complete list of fully qualified paths in the folders passed in.

Setting the DrawingPaths property replaces existing values for DrawingPaths in the File Locations dialog box. To retain existing values, get the existing string and then append the new file path to that string, as shown in the following code:

Application.DrawingPaths = Application.DrawingPaths &; ";" &; "newpath ".

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