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Chapter 23. Defining Styles, Patterns, a... > Understanding Text, Line, and Fill S...

Understanding Text, Line, and Fill Styles

If you’ve used styles in Microsoft Office Word 2003 to format documents, you understand what a time-saver they can be. You select some text, choose a style from the style list on the toolbar, and you’re done. Styles in Visio work in much the same way to give shapes a consistent look and make them easier to revise. However, in Visio, you can apply styles to shapes as well as text. That difference makes Visio styles unique.

Think of a Visio style as a collection of text, line, and fill formats that have a name. For example, the Flow Normal style is applied to flowchart shapes to provide a consistent look. What the Flow Normal style actually applies is 8-point Arial text with 2-point margins, a black border with a specified thickness (line weight) around shapes, and solid white fill color in shapes. All Visio templates come with some styles built in. You can see the styles in the Style list on the Formatting toolbar, as Figure 23-1 shows. The five styles you always see are Guide, Normal, None, Text Only, and No Style.


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