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Chapter 9. Creating Flowcharts > Formatting a Flowchart Quickly

Formatting a Flowchart Quickly

You can add the final polish to your flowchart quickly and without a lot of effort. Figure 9-17 provides an example of a simple flowchart that was formatted using some of these methods:

  • Add a background Drag a background shape from the Backgrounds stencil onto your drawing. When Visio prompts you to create a background page, click Yes. For details, see “Adding Backgrounds and Borders,” page 62.

  • Add a border or title Add a border or title shape to give your flowchart a more professional look. Drag the shape you want from the Borders And Titles stencil, and then type. For details, see “Adding a Title Block to a Diagram,” page 134.

  • Format shapes with styles Use styles to change text, fill, and line formatting quickly and consistently. For example, you can change the definition of the Flow-Normal style to quickly reformat all the text in a diagram. To do this, choose Format, Define Styles, and then select Flow-Normal and specify new options. For details, see “Creating and Editing Styles,” page 688.

  • Apply a color scheme Quickly assign fill, line, and text colors to each shape in your drawing. Choose Tools, Add-Ons, Visio Extras, Color Schemes. Select a color scheme, click Apply to preview it, and click OK to accept it.


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