Sunday, June 07, 2009

Visio and Fractions in Text boxes

I only use one Dynamips / Dynagen lab configuration for all my testing. It's extensive enough to allow me to add features or techniques in isolated network areas without reinventing the whole network. After doing so, I also have the ability to see how the changes may affect the overall design very easily.

Unfortunately, if I don't maintain some documentation on the network, it becomes counter productive to depend on it to test specific features and conditions.

So Visio is an obvious solution, but one thing bugged me. When I dropped a text field on the diagram to hold some basic interface info, like:

F0/0 = / 24
S1/0 = / 30
S½ =

the IP interfaces with port numbers that can be considered a common fraction (i.e. 1/2 above) get converted to tiny little depictions of fractions. This isn't the worst thing in the world, but does get distracting on a large scale.

Visio does this by default (at least my Visio 2003 version). If you navigate to Tools | AutoCorrect Options and then to the AutoFormat As You Type tab, you'll find a check mark to convert fractions to fraction characters.

Uncheck and you're done.

1 comment:

  1. Nice tip, WM!

    You can also use undo to reverse this behavior on a case-by-case basis.

    For instance, with capitalization, nothing happens until you hit a space.

    So to revers "bob" from being "Bob", you would type b-o-b-space-[undo], then continue on your merry way.