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Shape.GetCustomPropertyLinkedColumn Method (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Gets the name of the data column linked to the shape data (custom property) row in the shape's ShapeSheet spreadsheet specified by the custom property index.

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


expression . GetCustomPropertyLinkedColumn( DataRecordsetID , CustomPropertyIndex )

expression An expression that returns a Shape object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
DataRecordsetIDRequiredLongThe ID of the data recordset that contains the data column linked to the shape's custom property.
CustomPropertyIndexRequiredLongThe index of the shape data item (custom property) linked to the data column in the data recordset.

Return Value



If the method fails, call the Shape.IsCustomPropertyLinked method to make sure that the shape data item (custom property row) was actually linked to the data column.

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


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the GetCustomPropertyLinkedColumn method to get the name of the data recordset column linked to a particular shape data item.

Before running this macro, add at least one data recordset to the DataRecordsets collection of the document. The macro drops a shape onto the page, links the shape to data in the data recordset most recently added to the collection, and then tests to make sure the linking is successful. If it is, it prints the name of the data recordset column linked to the specified shape data item (custom property) in the Immediate window.

Public Sub GetCustomPropertyLinkedColumn_Example() 

    Dim vsoDataRecordset As Visio.DataRecordset 
    Dim vsoShape As Visio.Shape 
    Dim intCount As Integer 
    Dim boolIsLinked As Boolean 
    Dim lngIndex As Long 
    Dim strColumnName As String 

    intCount = Visio.ActiveDocument.DataRecordsets.Count 
    Set vsoDataRecordset = Visio.ActiveDocument.DataRecordsets(intCount) 
    Set vsoShape = ActivePage.DrawRectangle(2, 2, 4, 4) 

    vsoShape.LinkToData vsoDataRecordset.ID, 1, True 
    boolIsLinked = vsoShape.IsCustomPropertyLinked(vsoDataRecordset.ID, 1) 

    If boolIsLinked Then 

        strColumnName = vsoShape.GetCustomPropertyLinkedColumn(vsoDataRecordset.ID, 1) 
        Debug.Print "Linked column name is", strColumnName 


        Debug.Print "Not linked." 

    End If 

End Sub
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