.VSS File Extension

Visio Stencil File

Developer Microsoft
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What is a VSS file?

A VSS file contains stencils created by Microsoft Visio, a program used to design flowcharts, drawings, and other technical diagrams. It stores a group of shapes, objects, or connectors and provides additional pre-drawn objects users can import into a .VSD or .VSDX Visio drawing.

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Screenshot of a .vss file in The Omni Group OmniGraffle 7
VSS file open in The Omni Group OmniGraffle 7

Microsoft Visio is primarily utilized in business settings to create workflow diagrams, organizational charts, business flowcharts, database models, and software and network diagrams. Visio comes with VSS files pre-installed, and users may create them, as well.

The VSS format was more common in the 2000s when Visio saved stencils as VSS files by default. However, Microsoft replaced VSS files (binary-based) with the .VSSX format (Zip-based) when it released Visio 2013. Visio 2013 and later versions still support VSS files.

How to open a VSS file

You can open, edit, and save VSS files with Microsoft Visio (Windows). You can also open VSS files with Nevron Software MyDraw (multiplatform) and The Omni Group OmniGraffle (macOS).

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Programs that open VSS files

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