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Masters.Item Property (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Returns an item from a collection. The Item property is the default property for all collections. Read-only.


expression . Item( NameUIDOrIndex )

expression A variable that represents a Masters object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
NameUIDOrIndexRequiredVariantContains the name, unique ID, or index of the object to retrieve.

Return Value



When retrieving objects from a collection, you can omit Item from the expression because it is the default property for all collections. The following statements are equivalent to the syntax example given above:

objRet = object(index)  
objRet = object(stringExpression) 

You can retrieve an object in an Addons , Documents , Fonts , Hyperlinks , Layers , Masters , MasterShortcuts , OLEObjects , Pages , Shapes , or Styles collection by passing the object's name as a string expression in a Variant .

You can also pass the unique ID string of a Master or Shape object to the Item property. For example:

objRet = vsoShapes.Item("{2287DC42-B167-11CE-88E9-0020AFDDD917}")

If such a string is passed to the Item property of a Shapes collection, all the shapes contained in the collection are searched. Shapes within the group shapes in the containing shape are not searched.

To search all shapes in the collection, plus the shapes inside groups and the containing shape of the collection, prefix the unique ID string with an asterisk (*). For example:

objRet = vsoShapes.Item("*{2287DC42-B167-11CE-88E9-0020AFDDD917}")

For more information about passing ID strings to the Item property, see the topic for the UniqueID property in this Automation Reference.


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 Item property to access an object in the Masters , Pages , Shapes , Styles , Layers , or MasterShortcuts collection by using its local name. Use the ItemU property to access an object from one of these collections by using the object's universal name.

If your Visual Studio solution includes the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Visio reference, this property maps to the following types:

  • Microsoft.Office.Interop.Visio.IVMasters.this[object]
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