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How do I adjust size of swim lanes?

Grateful if anyone can help me - I can adjust size (height) of swim lanes?

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You can resize it horizontally and vertically (but not diagonally). So if you go to the edge and grab the line, you should be able to stretch it out in either of those directions.
Dave G 0 votes
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This doesn't seem to work, at least not reliably. It would be nice if we could specify a width in a dialog, e.g.
Brian Reed 0 votes
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Are there specific issues you're running into? It seems to be working fine on our end and we haven't received any similar reports from other customers using swim lanes.
Dave G 0 votes
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My swimlanes were readjusting fine, but it's somehow stopped doing so. It was stretched beyond the canvas size but I can't seem to resize it smaller anymore...
RTR Tech 0 votes
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My swimlanes were readjusting fine, but it's somehow stopped doing so. It was stretched beyond the canvas size but I can't seem to resize it smaller anymore...
RTR Tech 0 votes
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My swimlanes were readjusting fine, but it's somehow stopped doing so. It was stretched beyond the canvas size but I can't seem to resize it smaller anymore...
RTR Tech 0 votes
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That should not be happening. Sometimes the line is so blended with the edge it is simply difficult to grab. You could also allow your canvas to expand as objects go off the page by clicking on the tab of the document, open the Page Settings window, and then uncheck "Enable manual page size controls." This might also help.
Mitch D 0 votes
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So the problem seems to be that the swimlanes want/need to be a certain width based on the elements within it. I was able to resize down by moving all the elements within the swimlane to almost the previous swimlane. Only then did it let me adjust it. What's weird is that some actions, like changing line color that spans 2 swimlanes, caused one of them to expand. Possibly to the desired/required width, but it becomes a pain to readjust afterwards. All shape elements fit into the swimlane with the exception of lines going across.
RTR Tech 0 votes
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The swimlanes do expand to fit the objects completely inside of it. If you need to resize swimlanes then an object straddling two swimlanes will need to temporarily be in one swimlane or the other. We will look into options that would allow an object to stay between the two however we don't anticipate modifying that soon. In regards to the line color auto-expand issue, I have not been able to recreate it. Could you fill out this form with a JPEG of the before change the line color and after?

Mitch D 0 votes
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I am having the same issue with swimlanes. Resizing them is rather unwieldy and frustrating. It would be helpful to be able to manipulate the size manually or identify the objects that remain within each swimlane. Any help on this would be appreciated.
Sanchit Tiwari 0 votes
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Thanks! I read that and it doesn't describe any way to resize (or move) swim lanes without changing the sizes of the items inside. Is there a way to do that?
David Perlman 0 votes
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As it mentions earlier in the feed. If you want to change the height or width of the swim lane then you need to do it one at a time. Simply hover your mouse over any of the lines and you can click and drag to shrink or extend each lane. Does that work for you?
Mitch D 0 votes
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Can you please share the url and I'll take a look (via this form)? This should be helpful to explain, the video was great so thanks for that.

Mitch D 0 votes
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  • Here are the instructions:

    Click File/Options/Advanced. Scroll down to General.  Check 'Run in developer mode'.

    In the title of each swimlane, click Show ShapeSheet.

    In the User-defined Cells section, find User.msvSDContainerMargin.  In the Value Column type 0.

    After this is complete, you can edit the width/depth of each swimlane without Visio moving things around randomly.

Joanna K 0 votes
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The trouble we're running into is easily resizing swim lanes and maintaining scale between the lanes. In other words I want to resize a 4-lane setup and maintain the same width with all lanes.

Dane B 0 votes
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Hi Dane,

Thanks for the post.  Currently there isn't a way to change the width of all lanes at once.  This is a great feature request though. Would you mind submitting your idea in our Feature Request form?  Please let me know if there is anything else we can help with.

Mitch D 0 votes
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