Addons.Item property (Visio)

Returns an item from a collection. The Item property is the default property for all collections. Read-only.


expression.Item (NameOrIndex)

expression A variable that represents an Addons object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
NameOrIndex Required Variant Contains the name, unique ID, or index of the object to retrieve.

Return value



When retrieving objects from a collection, you can omit Item from the expression because it is the default property for all collections. The following statements are equivalent to the syntax shown previously.

objRet = object(index) 
objRet = object(stringExpression) 

You can retrieve an object in an Addons, Documents, Fonts, Hyperlinks, Layers, Masters, MasterShortcuts, OLEObjects, Pages, Shapes, or Styles collection by passing the object's name as a string expression in a Variant.

For more information about passing ID strings to the Item property, see the Shape.UniqueID property.


Beginning with Microsoft Visio 2000, you can use both local and universal names to refer to Visio shapes, masters, documents, pages, rows, add-ons, cells, hyperlinks, styles, fonts, master shortcuts, UI objects, and layers. When a user names a shape, for example, the user is specifying a local name. Beginning with Visio 2003, the ShapeSheet spreadsheet displays only universal names in cell formulas and values. (In prior versions, universal names were not visible in the user interface.)

As a developer, you can use universal names in a program when you don't want to change a name each time a solution is localized. Use the Item property to access an object in the Masters, Pages, Shapes, Styles, Layers, or MasterShortcuts collection by using its local name. Use the ItemU property to access an object from one of these collections by using the object's universal name.

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