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Layer.NameU Property (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Specifies the universal name of a Layer object. Read/write.


expression . NameU

expression A variable that represents a Layer object.

Return Value



You can set the NameU property of a Style object that represents a style that is not a default Microsoft Office Visio style. If you attempt to set the NameU property of a default Visio style, an error is generated.

Note 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 Name property to get or set a Hyperlink , Layer , Master , MasterShortcut , Page , Shape , Style , or Row object's local name. Use the NameU property to get or set its universal name.


This Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the NameU property to display layer names. It also uses the Layer property to get a reference to a particular layer and the LayerCount property to determine the number of layers to which a shape is assigned.

Public Sub NameU_Example() 

 Dim vsoPage As Visio.Page 
 Dim vsoShape As Visio.Shape 
 Dim vsoLayers As Visio.Layers 
 Dim vsoLayer As Visio.Layer 

 If ActiveDocument Is Nothing Then 
 Documents.Add ("") 
 End If 

 Set vsoPage = ActivePage 
 If vsoPage Is Nothing Then 
 Set vsoPage = ActiveDocument.Pages(1) 
 End If 

 'Draw a rectangle. 
 Set vsoShape = vsoPage.DrawRectangle(1, 5, 5, 1) 

 'Get the Layers collection. 
 Set vsoLayers = vsoPage.Layers 

 'Create a layer named ExampleLayer1 and add the shape to it. 
 Set vsoLayer = vsoLayers.Add("ExampleLayer1") 
 vsoLayer.Add vsoShape, 1 

 'Create a layer named ExampleLayer2 and add the shape to it. 
 Set vsoLayer = vsoLayers.Add("ExampleLayer2") 
 vsoLayer.Add vsoShape, 1 

 'Verify that the shape has been assigned to 2 layers. 
 Debug.Print "The page has " &; vsoShape.LayerCount &; " layers." 

 'Get a reference to the first layer. 
 Set vsoLayer = vsoShape.Layer(1) 

 'Verify by using the NameU property. 
 Debug.Print "Current vsoLayer name is """ &; vsoLayer.NameU &; ".""" 

End Sub
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