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Chapter 2. Adding Shapes to Diagrams

Chapter 2. Adding Shapes to Diagrams

In this chapter you will learn to:

Microsoft Office Visio includes tens of thousands of shapes that you can use to quickly create diagrams. Shapes in Visio can represent both conceptual graphics and real-world objects, such as office furniture and network equipment. Shapes can be as simple as a rectangle that represents a step in a process flowchart, or they can be as complex as a hub in a network diagram. Because shapes can represent real-world objects, you can interact with them in ways that are similar to the ways you interact with the real-world objects. For example, you can use a handle to quickly rotate a chair shape so that it faces a desk. Pie chart shapes have handles that you use to adjust the size of a pie slice. On network hub shapes, you can even drag cables (represented by lines) from the hub to other network equipment shapes. And all Visio shapes include handles that you can drag to resize the shapes. Visio shapes are smart; that's what sets them apart from shapes in other programs and clip art.


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