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Chapter 3. Formatting Shapes and Diagram... > Adding Decorative Elements to Diagra...

Adding Decorative Elements to Diagrams

In addition to formatting shapes, you can format entire diagrams by adding decorative elements, such as borders, title blocks, and backgrounds. A border is a design that appears around all or part of the drawing page. A title block is a formatted title that can include information such as the date created. A background is a pattern that appears behind a diagram, much like wallpaper on the Windows desktop. Borders, title blocks, and backgrounds are all special types of shapes that can add a professional look to your diagram. You'll find many of these shapes on the Backgrounds stencil and the Borders and Titles stencil that opens with many of the business-oriented templates in Visio, including the Block Diagram template. You can add a border, title, or background at any time, but these shapes are usually added as finishing touches just before you print or distribute your diagram.

Visio includes dozens of border, title block, and background shapes. You can add them to a diagram the same way you would add any other shape—by dragging. When you drag a border onto the drawing page, Visio sizes it to fit the drawing page. Most borders include text, such as a title and page number. Visio adds the page number and generic text as a title placeholder, which you can replace with the real title. Some borders and title blocks display the date as well, which, like page numbers, are added by default.


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