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Key Points

  • All Visio shapes behave like 1-D or 2-D shapes. 1-D shapes, such as lines, have endpoints that you can use to shorten or lengthen the shape. 2-D shapes, such as rectangles, circles, diamonds, and triangles, have selection handles that you can use to increase the height or width of shapes.

  • You can drag a corner selection handle on a 2-D shape to resize it proportionally. Drag the rotation handle on a 2-D shape to rotate it.

  • When the pointer changes to a four-headed arrow pointer, you can move the shape. When the pointer changes to a two-headed arrow pointer, you can resize the shape.

  • To copy and position a shape in a single action drag it while holding down the

    key. Be sure to release the mouse button before the

    key; otherwise, you'll move the shape.

  • To add text to a shape, select it, and then type your text. To add independent text to a diagram, use the Text tool.

  • To work with an individual shape in a group, subselect the shape within the group.

  • To find additional shapes for your diagrams type keywords in the Search for Shapes box.

  • To insert pictures created in other programs into your diagrams use the Picture command on the Format menu or the Clip Art task pane.

  • Save Visio diagrams the same way you save any other Microsoft Office 2003 file. On the File menu, click Save. Or on the Standard toolbar, click the Save button.


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