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Chapter 2. Adding Shapes to Diagrams > Moving, Sizing, Rotating, and Copying Sh...

Moving, Sizing, Rotating, and Copying Shapes

As you create your Visio diagrams, you'll need to move shapes around the drawing page, resize shapes, and maybe even rotate and copy them. When you move shapes, you can move one at a time or many shapes at once. Moving one shape is simple—just select the shape and drag it to a new position. Moving multiple shapes at once is as simple as moving one shape. First you select the shapes you want to move, and then you position the pointer over one of the selected shapes. As you drag, all the selected shapes move as one.

One of the most common ways to select multiple shapes is to select one of the shapes and then hold down the

key while you select the rest of the shapes. The first shape you select is the primary shape. Its selection box turns dark magenta after you click an additional shape while holding down the

key. The selection boxes for the other shapes you select, called secondary shapes, turn light magenta. Visio also encloses all the selected shapes in a green selection box. Knowing which shape is the primary shape will be useful when you learn about aligning shapes in Chapter 4 and merging shapes in Chapter 10.


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