Save a stencil (.vss file)

A stencil (.vss file) is a collection of shapes associated with a particular Microsoft Office Visio template (.vst file). To save changes to or a copy of a stencil, do one of the following:

  • To save changes to a stencil, right-click the stencil title bar, and then click Save.

  • To save a copy of a stencil with a new name, right-click the stencil title bar, click Save As, type a name for the new stencil, and then click Save.

By default, custom stencils are saved in your My Shapes folder.

Notes: 

  • To open a custom stencil, on the File menu, point to Shapes, and then point to My Shapes.

  • To edit a custom stencil, right-click the stencil title bar and click Edit Stencil. The icon in the stencil title bar changes from Read-only stencil image (indicating that the stencil is read-only) to Editable stencil image (indicating that the stencil is editable).

  • To share a custom stencil with someone, copy the stencil (.vss file) to their My Shapes folder.

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