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Add text to shapes and connectors Choose and open a template Templates include stencils, shapes, and grid measurements to help you get started quickly and easily when making your diagram. Click here to learn the basics of templates Templates come with stencils that are full of the shapes needed to create a particular kind of drawing.
The Home Plan template, for example, opens with stencils full of shapes such as walls, furniture, appliances, cabinets, and so on. The Organization Chart template includes distinct shapes for executives, managers, assistants, positions, consultants, vacancies, and more. Appropriate grid size and ruler measurements Some drawings require a special scale.
For example, the Site Plan template opens with an engineering scale, where 1 inch represents 10 feet. Templates come ready with appropriate settings for the drawing type. Special tabs Some templates have unique features that you can find on special tabs in the ribbon. For example, when you open the Office Layout template, a Plan tab appears. You can use the Plan tab to configure display options that are specific to office layout diagrams. For example, the Space Plan template opens with a wizard that helps you set up your space and room information.
If you have Visio Online Plan 2, you can download and install the Visio desktop app. Select the template you want, or select Basic Diagram to start from scratch. You can also browse for more templates by clicking Categories, and you can enter terms to search for templates. If you're using the desktop link, you may have to specify a specific type of that template and then select Create.
Arrange and connect shapes To create your diagram, you drag shapes from the stencil in the Shapes window to the canvas and connect them. There are several ways to connect shapes, but the simplest way is with AutoConnect arrows. AutoConnect is available by default when your drawing is based on a template for a type that typically requires connections, like a flowchart. If do not see the AutoConnect arrows when you hover the mouse pointer over a shape, AutoConnect is not active. When you drag a shape from the Shapes window onto your drawing page, the original shape remains on the stencil.
That original is called a master shape. The shape that you put on your drawing is a copy — also called an instance — of that master. You can drag as many instances of the same shape onto your drawing as you want. You can use the wide variety of diagram templates and stencils in Visio to understand, act on, and share information about organizational systems, resources, and processes throughout your enterprise.
Rotating and resizing shapes Rotation handles The round handle located above a selected shape is called a rotation handle. Drag it right or left to rotate the shape. Connection arrows for AutoConnect help you easily connect shapes to one another, as you saw in the previous section.
Selection handles for resizing shapes You can use the square selection handles to change the height and width of your shape. Click and drag a selection handle on the corner of a shape to enlarge the shape without changing its proportions, or click and drag a selection handle on the side of a shape to make the shape taller or wider.
Visio shapes can hold data You can add data to each shape by typing it in the Shape Data window — on the View tab, in the Show group, click Task Panes, and then click Shape Data. With Visio Professional Edition, you can also import data from an external data source.
Data is not displayed in the drawing by default. If you want to display the data for lots of shapes at once, you can use a feature called data graphics, also on the Data tab. The following illustration shows the data for two trees at once. Visio shapes with special behavior Many Visio shapes have special behavior that you can find by stretching, right-clicking, or moving the yellow control handle on the shape.
For example, you can stretch a People shape to show more people, or stretch the Growing flower shape to indicate growth. A great way to find out what a shape can do is to right-click it to see if there are any special commands on its shortcut menu. The shapes automatically connect to show the hierarchy. In the Shapes window, select a shape and drag it onto the canvas. Hold your mouse over one of the arrows and a mini toolbar appears with the top four shapes in the Quick Shapes area.
Select the shape you want and it'll automatically connect to the arrow you selected. You can also drag all your shapes onto the canvas. Then hold the mouse over a shape until the arrows appear. Then grab an arrow and drag it to a shape you want to connect to. If you're using the Visio desktop app, you can also drag a new shape directly from the Shapes window to an existing shape's arrows and connect them automatically.
Add text to shapes and connectors Now it's time to add details to your diagram by adding text. For more details about working with text, see Add, edit, move, or rotate text on shapes and Add text to a page.
Select a shape. Type your text. Add text to a connector the same way. Click and drag it up, down, or beside the connector. Customize your Visio diagram.