Category Archives: Visio Training

Microsoft Visio basics

This video explains Microsoft Visio basics. The tutorial explains how to add shapes from the stencil to your diagram and how to use the following tools: The connector tool, the text tool, the text block tool, the connection point tool and the pointer tool. The video also explains how to format shapes and group shapes. You will learn how to use tabs and paragraph format options.

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I find one of the most frustrating issues with Microsoft Visio is the connector tool and the pointer tool. Basically what happens when you use any of the tools in the tools block on the ribbon, they do not automatically reset to the pointer tool. The consequences of this are multiple text boxes and or orphan connector lines.

This video explains how to use the connector tools as mentioned above but it also demonstrates connecting different types of shapes and shows what happens when you have no connection points. Visio basics is a must if you want to understand how Microsoft Visio works. It will help you as you get in to the other diagrams and start to develop your skills. You will understand why certain shapes behave in a certain way.

I find that a lot of people add additional text boxes instead of using the shape text features. This can cause confusion if someone else wants to edit the diagram. Keep it simple and use the tools available. Try this, instead of adding additional text boxes use the text block tool to move the text box off the shape, as shown in the video. The course run by IT’s Easy Training is a one day classroom based course either at our Gateshead site or on your site with our laptops.

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Visio Timeline

his tutorial explains how to create a timeline in Visio and how to add milestone and interval markers. The video explains how to move milestone around and how import data from a Microsoft Project file and finally how to send a Visio timeline in to MS Project

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Flowchart in Visio

This video explains how to create a simple flowchart in Microsoft Visio. The tutorial explains how to add shapes and how to connect shapes. The video also shows how to use the connector tool to add additional connecting lines. How to add text to a connector line. How to use the off page reference shape. The video explains how to define shape data if you require more fields in the Shape Data option. Training at