Pages.Item Property

Visio Automation Reference

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

Version Information
Version Added: Visio 2.0



expression A variable that represents a Pages object.


Name Required/Optional Data Type Description
NameUIDOrIndex 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 example given above:

Visual Basic for Applications
  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 topic for the UniqueID property in this Automation Reference.

ms426105.vs_note(en-us,office.12).gif Note

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 Microsoft Office 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.


This Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to use the Item property to get a Page object from the Pages collection of the active document, and all the Shape objects in the Shapes collection of the Page object. It prints the names of all shapes on Page1 in the Immediate window.

Before running this macro, make sure that the active document has shapes on Page1.

Visual Basic for Applications
Public Sub Item_Example()

    Dim intCounter As Integer
    Dim intShapeCount As Integer
    Dim vsoShapes As Visio.Shapes 

    Set vsoShapes = ActiveDocument.Pages.Item(1).Shapes 

    Debug.Print "Shape Name List For..."
    Debug.Print "Document: "; ActiveDocument.Name 
    Debug.Print "Page: "; ActiveDocument.Pages.Item(1).Name 

    intShapeCount = vsoShapes.Count 

    If intShapeCount > 0 Then
        For intCounter = 1 To intShapeCount 
            Debug.Print " "; vsoShapes.Item(intCounter).Name 
        Next intCounter 
        Debug.Print " No Shapes On Page" 
    End If  

End Sub

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