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Chapter 2. Creating a Diagram > Adding Shapes to a Diagram

Adding Shapes to a Diagram

The fastest way to create a drawing in Visio is to drag a master shape from a stencil onto the drawing page. Dragging means that you point to a shape with the pointer tool, hold down the left mouse button, and then move the mouse. Release the mouse button to drop the shape into place. As you drag, Visio snaps the shape to the nearest grid line. Snapping is the subtle tug you feel as you drag a shape. A grid line is one of the faint, nonprinting vertical or horizontal lines that Visio displays by default on the drawing page. Together, snapping and grid lines help you align shapes perfectly.

Visio can snap shapes to other objects, and you can control the degree of “tug” Visio uses when snap is active. For details, see “Snapping Shapes for Automatic Alignment,” page 436.


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