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Chapter 1. Starting Diagrams > Working Within the Microsoft Office Visio Enviro...

Working Within the Microsoft Office Visio Environment

When you start a diagram, the Visio window, which contains the Visio menus and toolbars, opens. The Visio window also contains the Shapes window, drawing page, pasteboard, and rulers in a drawing window. The stencils that contain the shapes you need are located in the Shapes window to the left of the drawing page. Visio also includes special-purpose windows, menus, and toolbars for creating particular types of diagrams.

The Visio drawing page resembles graph paper with a grid that helps you position shapes. The horizontal and vertical rulers also help you position shapes and show you the size of the drawing page. Above the drawing page are the Visio menus and the Standard and Formatting toolbars (shown by default), which contain the most commonly used tools for creating, modifying, and formatting text, shapes, and diagrams. If you use other programs in the Microsoft Office System, many of the buttons on the toolbars should be familiar to you.


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