Why can’t I open a diagram for editing in Visio Online?

In Visio Online, you can create and edit diagrams available from the Visio Online landing page, such as Basic Diagram, Process Steps, and Cycle Diagram. You can also edit many diagrams created from Visio desktop templates, but not all of them. Diagrams that contain advanced features are not supported when you are editing a diagram. You can continue to edit these diagram in Visio, and the changes appear the next time you open the diagram in Visio Online. For more information, see View, create, and edit a diagram in Visio Online.

The following is a list of features not unsupported when you are editing in Visio Online:

Feature

Description

File formats

You can view the following formats:

  • Drawing (.vsd)

  • Visio Drawing (.vsdx)

  • XML drawing, macro-enabled (.vsdm)

You can create and edit the Visio Drawing (.vsdx) format. All other file formats are unsupported including:

  • Drawing (.vsd)

  • Stencil (.vss)

  • Template (.vst)

  • Web drawing (.vsw)

  • XML drawing (.vdx)

  • XML stencil (.vsx)

  • XML template (.vtx)

  • XML drawing, macro-enabled (.vsdm)

  • XML stencil (.vssx)

  • XML stencil, macro-enabled (.vssm)

  • XML template (.vstx)

  • XML template, macro-enabled (.vstm)

  • Add-on (.vsl)

Data connected diagrams

Diagrams with data connected to data sources including:

  • Microsoft Excel workbook

  • Microsoft Access database

  • Microsoft SharePoint list

  • Microsoft SQL Server database

  • Other OLEDB or ODBC data source

Shapes with certain gradients and effects

Advanced Visio Desktop gradients and effects, whether applied to a shape or added as a new shape, that are not available in Visio Online including:

  • Themes and variants

  • Quick styles

  • Effects from shape styles

  • Gradients available from the Format Shape pane in Visio.

  • Sketch effects

Advanced templates with solutions and add-ins

Examples include Organization Charts, Cross Functional Flowcharts, and some third-party solutions.

Layers

Diagrams with layers that have set the Lock, Color, or Transparency properties.

Shapes with certain protection properties set

The following shape protection properties are not supported:

  • LockBegin

  • LockEnd

  • LockRepIace

  • LockSeIect

  • LockFromGroupFormat

  • LockThemeCoIors

  • LockThemeEffects

  • LockThemeConnectors

  • LockThemeFonts

  • LockThemeIndex

  • LockCustProp

  • LockCrop

  • LockVariation

  • LockGroup

The following shape protection properties are supported:

  • LockWidth

  • LockHeight

  • LockAspect

  • LockMoveX

  • LockMoveY

  • LockRotate

  • LockDelete

  • LockFormat

  • LockTextEdit

  • LockVtxEdit

  • LockGroup

  • LockCalcWH

Large diagrams

Diagrams with more than 1000 shapes on a page or more than 50 pages.

Objects

All object types including:

  • ActiveX controls

  • OLE objects

  • Ink Objects

Miscellaneous

Other features including:

  • Text characters with double underline or double strikethrough

  • Text with text direction set to vertical

  • Lines with custom patterns or compound types

  • Lines with Begin or End arrows other than those available in Visio Online

  • Custom color schemes

  • 2D shapes with negative dimensions defined

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