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When is a scenario, not a scenario?

When we are using UML under VISIO, of course!

If you ever have received the message "Shape protection and/or layer properties prevent execution of this command." under Microsoft Office VISIO (Version 2000 – 2007, to present?), then you know what I mean:

Fortunately, the solution to the problem is easy: Just right-click on the offending shape to modify its protection:

After activating the dialog, simply clear the Text check-box:

… and you will be allowed to do some really strange, bizarre things …

- like adding a text description to your Use Case Scenarios!

But wait – if you are going to have more than a single scenario, then rather than doing the same operation over, and over, and over, and over again, rather than doing something rational (like re-using that tool bar symbol), be sure to cut-and-paste that first shape a few dozen times.

(Hey: Wouldn’t it be great if those who developed our tools, had to use them?)



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