In the real world, one type of object is often replaced by another for various reasons. When an object appears many times in a Visio drawing, Search and Replace will locate those multiple instances and automatically replace them with a new choice.
The Search and Replace Window
The Search and Replace window is hosted in a modeless Visio anchored window. This anchored window can either dock, float, or even auto-hide and rollback to save you precious screen space. You can even combine the Search and Replace window with other Visio windows, such as the Custom Properties or the VisiPad windows, to create a single tabbed interface for all your data needs.
The Search Tab
Search and Replace has extensive filter criteria that enable you to find exactly the right shape. You can search through shape names, master names, and even text in a shape.
The Replace Tab
Replacing shapes with Search and Replace is very simple. The Replace Options dialog enables you to choose what actions to take during a replacement. You can keep various aspects of the original shape's ShapeSheet sections, retain its text, resize the new shape to the original shape's size, and even choose whether or not to retain glue with other shapes.