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Using the Book's CD

Using the Book's CD

The CD inside the back cover of this book contains the following files and software:

  • Electronic version of the book (eBook)

  • Setup to install the practice files

  • Microsoft Office System Reference Pack eBooks:

    • Introducing the Tablet PC eBook

    • Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition eBook

    • Insider's Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 eBook

    • Microsoft Office System Quick Reference eBook

  • Link to Microsoft Learning Technical Support


You must install the trial or full version of Microsoft Office Visio 2003 before doing the book's practices. To find information about Visio 2003 trial software availability in your country or region, visit the Microsoft Office System Worldwide Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/office/worldwide.mspx. If you want to order a 30-day trial of Visio Professional 2003, visit the Visio 2003 Trial Software Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/office/visio/prodinfo/trial.mspx.

For further information about using the CD, consult the Readme (Readme.txt) on the book's CD.

Minimum System Requirements

To use this book, you will need:

  • Computer/Processor

    Computer with a Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor; Pentium III recommended

  • Operating System

    Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later, or Microsoft Windows XP or later

  • Memory

    128 megabytes (MB) of RAM

  • Hard Disk

    Hard disk space requirements vary depending on configuration; custom installation choices may require more or less hard disk space; 5 MB of hard disk space is required for installing the practice files

  • Drive

    CD-ROM drive

  • Display

    Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution monitor

  • Peripherals

    Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device

  • Programs

    Microsoft Office Visio 2003, and Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Microsoft Office Project are recommended

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or later browser

  • Internet access recommended

Installing the Practice Files

You must install the practice files before you can use them in the exercises in this book. Follow these steps to prepare the CD's files for your use:

  1. Insert the CD into the CD drive of your computer.

    A menu screen appears.


    If the menu screen does not appear, start Windows Explorer. In the left pane, locate the icon for your CD and click this icon. In the right pane, double-click the StartCD file.

  2. Click Install Practice Files.

  3. Click Next on the first screen, and then click Yes to accept the license agreement on the next screen.

  4. If you want to install the practice files to a location other than the default folder (My Documents\Microsoft Press\Visio 2003 SBS), click the Browse button, select the new drive and path, and then click OK.


    If you install the practice files to a location other than the default folder, go to that location when an exercise in this book instructs you to open a practice file instead of the default location.

  5. Click Next on the Choose Destination Location screen, click Next on the Select Features screen, and then click Next on the Start Copying Files screen to install the selected practice files.

  6. After the practice files have been installed, click Finish.

    Within the installation folder are subfolders for each chapter in the book.

Using the Practice Files

Each exercise in this book is preceded by a paragraph that lists the files needed for the exercise. The following table lists each chapter's practice files.

Chapter 1: Starting DiagramsStartingDiagramsStarting
Chapter 2: Adding Shapes to DiagramsAddingShapesBasicSaving
Chapter 3: Formatting Shapes and DiagramsFormattingShapesFormatDecorate
Chapter 4: Connecting ShapesConnectingShapesConnectFlowchart
Chapter 5: Creating Project SchedulesCreatingSchedulesGanttChart
Chapter 6: Creating Organization ChartsCreatingChartsOrgChart
TGC Employees
Chapter 7: Laying Out Office SpacesLayingOutSpacesOfficeFurnished
Chapter 8: Creating Network DiagramsCreatingNetworksNetworkReport
Chapter 9: Using Visio Diagrams with the Microsoft Office SystemUsingDrawingsPlanPhase
Chapter 10: Creating Shapes, Stencils, and TemplatesCreatingShapesCreateStencil
Garden Perennials
Perennial Garden Plan

Uninstalling the Practice Files

After you finish the exercises in this book, you can uninstall the practice files to free up hard disk space.

  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs.

  3. In the list of installed programs, click Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Step by Step, and then click the Remove button.

    The Uninstall dialog box appears.

  4. In the Uninstall dialog box, click OK.

  5. After the files are uninstalled, click Finish, and then close the Add or Remove Programs window and Control Panel.


    If you need additional help installing or uninstalling the practice files, please see the “Getting Help” section earlier in this book. Microsoft product support does not provide support for this book or CD.

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