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Chapter 18. Laying Out Floor and Site Pl... > Adding Doors, Windows, and Openings

Adding Doors, Windows, and Openings

Integral to any floor plan are the doors, windows, and other openings in a wall surface. When you add a shape that represents an opening in a wall, such as a door or window, the shape automatically rotates to align with the wall, glues itself in place and adjusts its thickness to match the wall. In addition, when you move the wall, the openings move with it. Visio also makes it easy to reverse the direction from which a door or window opens. The shapes include a command to flip the orientation on a shortcut menu.

You can choose from among several door and window shapes that represent standard architectural types. Visio Professional includes more shapes than Visio Standard, but all the shapes can be configured to represent different varieties of doors and windows. For example, you can use the Window Type field to specify louver, picture, pivot, single-hung, and transom windows. The Door Type field lets you specify single- and double-hung doors, as Figure 18-13 shows. Other custom property fields let you specify door and window width, height, and other information that you can later use to generate parts lists or reports.


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