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DataColumn.GetProperty Method (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Gets the value of the specified data-column property.

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


expression . GetProperty( Property )

expression An expression that returns a DataColumn object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
PropertyRequiredVisDataColumnPropertiesThe data column property to get. See Remarks for possible values.

Return Value



When you link shapes in a Microsoft Visio drawing to data in a data recordset, Visio maps columns in the data recordset to rows in the Shape Data section of the ShapeSheet spreadsheet, each of which corresponds to a shape-data item.

Note In some previous versions of Visio, shape data were called custom properties.

Data-column properties map data columns to certain cells in the Shape Data section of the ShapeSheet. For example, by passing the GetProperty method the DisplayName property, which is represented by the enumerated value visDataColumnPropertyDisplayName , you can get the value of the Label cell in the Shape Data section of the ShapeSheet for a particular shape data item. In addition, that property sets the label of the shape data item in the Shape Data dialog box, as well as the name of the data column that is displayed in the External Data window in the Visio user interface.

Possible values for the Property parameter are declared in VisDataColumnProperties , and are shown in the following table.

** visDataColumnPropertyCalendar**3Calendar of the data-column property.
visDataColumnPropertyCurrency5Currency of the data-column property.
visDataColumnPropertyDisplayName6Display name of the data-column property in the UI.
visDataColumnPropertyHyperlink8Whether the data-column value becomes a hyperlink in the Visio UI when it is linked to a shape.
visDataColumnPropertyLangID2Language ID of the data-column property.
visDataColumnPropertyType1Type of the data-column property.
visDataColumnPropertyUnits4Units of the data-column property.
visDataColumnPropertyVisible7Whether the data-column property is visible in the UI.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the GetProperty method to get the value of the Label cell in the Shape Data section for the first column in the data recordset passed to the method and display it in the Immediate window. Then it uses the SetProperty method to set the value and displays the new value. Changing this value changes the label of the shape data item in the Shape Data dialog box for all shapes linked to rows in the data recordset.

To get and set the Label cell value, the macro passes the visDataColumnPropertyDisplayName value from the VisDataColumnProperties enumeration to the DataColumn.GetProperty and DataColumn.SetProperty methods.

Before running this macro, create at least one data recordset in your VBA project to pass to the macro.

Public Sub GetProperty_Example(vsoDataRecordset As Visio.DataRecordset) 
    Dim strPropertyName As String 
    Dim strNewName As String 
    Dim vsoDataColumn As Visio.DataColumn 

    strNewName = "New Property Name" 
    Set vsoDataColumn = vsoDataRecordset.DataColumns(1) 

    strPropertyName = vsoDataColumn.GetProperty(visDataColumnPropertyDisplayName) 
    Debug.Print strPropertyName 

    vsoDataColumn.SetProperty visDataColumnPropertyDisplayName, strNewName 
    strPropertyName = vsoDataColumn.GetProperty(visDataColumnPropertyDisplayName) 
    Debug.Print strPropertyName 
End Sub
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