Yes, Visio is designed for this. Try searching on "style" and "template" in
the Help that comes with Visio.
Here is some of the overview information from Visio 2002's Help:
When you know that you'll be creating multiple drawing files that need a
consistent look, you can create a template on which to base all the
drawings. Creating your own template eliminates the need to open the
appropriate stencils, create styles, and establish page settings for each
drawing file, because they are all contained in one place.
Increase your efficiency by creating your own templates:
If your drawings require customized settings for page size or scale, window
size and position, shape or text styles, color palette, snap and glue, or
printing, create a template that has the appropriate settings.
If your drawings often use a standard background or set of layers-such as
your company logo-create a template that has the background or layers.
How styles become part of a template
To make a particular style available in future drawings, you can either
define or edit the current drawing in an existing template or save the
drawing file as a new template. The new style becomes part of that template.
When you define or edit styles in a drawing file, the changes you make are
available only in the current drawing. To make a style available in drawings
you'll create later, you can define or edit it in an existing template or
save the drawing file in which you created the style as a new template. The
style will be included in every new drawing you create that is based upon
When you edit or define a style, the color palette in the template on which
you base your drawing determines the colors you can choose. All Visio
templates use a default color palette. You can change the color palette a
drawing uses or modify the colors within the default color palette.
When to create a template
Create a template when you make drawings that consistently use the same
stencils, styles, and page settings. Then you can base new drawings on this
template, and you can distribute the template to other Microsoft Visio users
in your organization.
The easiest way to create a template is to create a drawing file that has
the settings you want, open the stencils you want, and then save the drawing
as a template (.vst) file. If you simply want to change some of the settings
of an existing Visio template, you can base a drawing on that template, save
it with a new name, and then make your changes.
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> Can you create custom styles in visio where a user could
> load a template which would give them access to specific
> connectors, boxes and colors (for example: company
> colors) so it would be easy for them to create flow
> charts with a similar look.