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Chapter 2. Adding Shapes to Diagrams > Working with 1-D and 2-D Shapes

Working with 1-D and 2-D Shapes

Shapes are the building blocks of all Visio diagrams. To work efficiently with any type of shape in any diagram, you need to understand some basic shape behavior, the differences between the types of Visio shapes, and how to interact with Visio shapes.

One of the fundamentals of interacting with shapes is that you drag shapes—one at a time—from stencils onto the drawing page to add them to a diagram. Another is that before you do something to a shape, such as move it or change its color, you need to select it so that Visio knows you want perform an action on that specific shape. Just place the pointer over the shape you want to select, and when a four-headed arrow appears under the pointer, click the shape to select it. You know that a shape is selected when you see selection handles. To deselect a shape, click the pasteboard or a blank area of the drawing page.


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