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Chapter 16. Measuring and Dimensioning w... > Setting Up Measurements in a Diagram

Setting Up Measurements in a Diagram

What’s especially nice about Visio is that it can do much of the measuring and dimensioning work for you. Tools such as the dynamic grid and shape extension lines make it quick to position shapes exactly, and smart dimension line shapes attach to shapes such as walls and automatically display measurements. In addition, if you start a diagram using one of Visio’s built-in templates, issues of drawing scale and measurement are already taken care of. For example, the Office Layout template sets up the diagram so that 1/2 inch (in.) on the drawing page represents 1 foot (ft.) in the real world, a standard architectural drawing scale (see Figure 16-1). You can print the drawing page on ordinary, letter-sized paper, but when you view it on the screen, the rulers show that it represents an area of 22 ft. by 17 ft. That’s the beauty of a drawing scale. It allows you to accurately represent real-world objects in a manageable size.

Figure 16-1. When you draw to scale, Visio displays the real-world size of objects in the rulers.



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