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Chapter 22. Drawing and Editing to Creat... > Identifying Shape Behavior

Identifying Shape Behavior

Just as vertices and line segments constitute basic shape geometry, lines and boxes represent the basic differences in shape behavior. Behavior means the way you interact with shapes on the page—that is, moving, sizing, and connecting them. When a shape behaves like a line, it can be stretched and rotated in one step by dragging an endpoint. For example, the Wall shape on the Office Layout Shapes stencil behaves like a line. 1-D shapes have this behavior. When a shape behaves like a box, it can have up to eight selection handles, including corner handles that you can use to resize the shape. 2-D shapes have this behavior.

Chapter 2, “Creating a Diagram,” introduced the difference between 1-D and 2-D shapes. How much more do you need to know about 1-D and 2-D shapes? If you want to design your own shapes, you’ll need to understand shape behavior, a fundamental Visio concept that helps you answer important questions: What kind of sizing behavior do you want your shape to have? Do you want your shape to connect to other shapes? If you create and revise shapes only as needed for different diagrams, it’s still useful information, because 1-D and 2-D shapes look different when you select them and act quite differently when you use them.


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