Visio shapes typically have a single line around the edge (or no line at all), but sometimes you want to create a line with *two* edges.
Typically someone will try to do this by drawing two shapes. With one shape whose sole purpose is to draw the extra line. This technique has a couple of disadvantages:
- Now you have two shapes to deal with
- It can be hard to make the extra shape curve correctly to match the original shape
On the other hand, it is apparently the only solution available.
Except that it isn’t. It’s entirely possible to create a single shape with two lines in Visio. It just isn’t obvious how. The solution is to create your own Line Pattern.
So for example in the list of Line Patterns, you’ll see a custom one:
WATCH THE SCREENCAST
Although I provide the basic instructions at the bottom of the blog post, there are some nuances that are much more easily grasped by watching the screencast below.
SUMMARY OF STEPS
- Show the Drawing Explorer
- Create a new line pattern by right clicking on the Line Patterns node and select New Pattern
- Set the name of the Line pattern to “Double Line” and press OK
- Right-click on the new pattern that was created and select Edit Pattern Shape
- Draw two filled rectangles such that the shape looks something like this
- Close the window with the pattern
- Now pick any shape you want and set the line pattern to “Double Line”