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Calculating and Displaying Dimensions

Often, it’s not enough that your shapes are precisely the right size. To communicate clearly with your audience, and to provide accessible reference points, you might need to show the dimensions of shapes in a drawing, especially if you’re creating engineering or architectural drawings. You can display the dimensions using dimension lines or geometry fields. Using either of these methods, Visio calculates and displays shape dimensions, updating the information when you resize or otherwise change a shape. In addition, Visio Professional includes a handy tool that calculates the total area and total perimeter of any shape for you.

Using Dimension Lines to Show Size

Visio includes dimension lines for displaying linear, angular, and radial dimensions. You can quickly add dimensions to a drawing when you use a dimension line shape and connect it to points on a shape that you want to measure, as Figure 16-31 shows. Depending on the product edition you have, you can choose from several different dimensioning shapes. Visio Professional includes more built-in dimension line shapes than Visio Standard, because Professional supports more measured drawing types. In Visio Standard, the only measured drawing is the Office Layout diagram.


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