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Formatting Shapes

The right formatting —a combination of attributes that makes up the appearance of a shape, diagram, or text—can add emphasis and interest to your diagrams and help you communicate more effectively. For example, you can draw attention to important steps in a process by adding high-contrast colors to shapes, or refine the overall look of your diagram by adding something as simple as a shadow to a shape. Every shape in Visio has attributes that you can format:

  • The weight (thickness), color, pattern, and transparency of the border around a 2-D shape; and the weight, color, pattern, and transparency of a 1-D shape. Use the Line command on the Format menu to change these attributes.

  • The color, pattern, and transparency of a 2-D shape's interior, called its fill. Use the Fill command on the Format menu to change these attributes.

  • The color, pattern, and transparency of a shape's shadow. Use the Fill command on the Format menu to change these attributes.

  • The line ends on a 1-D shape. Some examples of line ends are arrowheads, diamonds, and circles. Use the Line command on the Format menu to change these attributes.

  • The line caps (round or square) on a 1-D shape and the corners on a 2-D shape. Use the Line command on the Format menu to change these attributes.

  • The text size, style, color, and so on. Use the Text command on the Format menu to change these attributes.


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