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Chapter 3. Formatting Shapes and Diagrams > Adding Color Schemes to Diagrams

Adding Color Schemes to Diagrams

The quickest way to add polish to a diagram is to use a color scheme —a set of coordinated colors that Visio applies to all the shapes and text in a diagram. For example, if you're pressed for time, you can right-click the drawing page, and then click Color Schemes on the shortcut menu to change the look of your entire diagram. A color scheme applies colors to the text, line, fill, and shadows of all the shapes in a diagram, including background and border shapes. Color schemes have names that suggest the result; for example, the Forest color scheme applies earth tones, and the Steel color scheme applies shades of gray to the shapes in your diagram. The Color Schemes dialog box stays open after you make a selection so that you can see the effect immediately; if you don't like the result, you can simply choose a different color scheme.

If you have already formatted the shapes in your diagram, you can apply a color scheme without changing the existing colors. The Color Schemes dialog box includes the “Preserve my shape color changes” check box, which preserves the existing formatting in your diagram. If you don't select this check box, the new colors in the color scheme replace your existing formatting.


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