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Chapter 16. Measuring and Dimensioning w... > Positioning Shapes Precisely

Positioning Shapes Precisely

Visio offers several aids to guide you in aligning shapes precisely. Many of these tools let you work quickly as Visio does the difficult work for you. Snapping shapes to other shapes or guides ensures proper positioning. The dynamic grid provides a cheat sheet—in effect, it suggests the best positions for shapes in relation to others already on the page. Shape extension lines show you where to draw with respect to shape geometry, tangent points, or isometric points on shapes.

Snapping Shapes for Automatic Alignment

Snapping is one of those Visio behaviors that you don’t often think about. It just works. You move a shape, and Visio seems to tug it into the correct position. Snapping works like magnetic attraction. It pulls a shape to a grid, guide, or another shape, making it easier to position and align shapes. For example, you can snap desk shapes to wall shapes, or snap valves to grid lines so that it’s easier to draw pipelines between them. Visio even tells you when you’re snapping to something, as Figure 16-15 shows.


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