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Visio 2013 Essential Training

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Master the intricacies of Visio 2013, the powerful diagramming and vector graphics software. Learn to create org charts, floor plans, prototypes, and more.

Whether you're creating an org chart, mapping a network, or drawing a floor plan, this course will help you master the intricacies of Visio 2013, the powerful diagramming and vector graphics software.

Author David Rivers helps you explore the Visio interface, from working with shapes, creating basic diagrams, and connecting diagrams to adding objects (text, graphics, and links), styling diagrams with themes, and formatting shapes, pictures, and text. The final chapters concentrate on creating different types of projects with Visio: org charts and brainstorming diagrams, timelines, calendars, floor plans, and prototypes.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Getting Started with Visio 2013
  • What is Visio 2013?
  • Touring the UI
  • Opening files and adjusting the UI
  • Modifying the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
  • Selecting view options
2. Creating Connected Diagrams
  • Using SmartShapes from a stencil
  • Arranging the top four SmartShapes on a stencil
  • Connecting shapes manually
  • Inserting and deleting connected SmartShapes
  • Organizing SmartShapes with Auto Align & Space
  • Rearranging connected diagrams with Re-Layout Page
3. Adding Objects to Diagrams
  • Inserting text-related objects
  • Inserting foreground and background pages
  • Inserting graphics
  • Inserting containers and callouts
  • Inserting hyperlinks
4. Formatting Objects and Text
  • Using themes
  • Formatting text
  • Formatting shape fills
  • Formatting shape lines
5. Showing and Hiding Visual Elements
  • Showing and hiding layout aids
  • Using visual aids and snap and glue settings
  • Showing and hiding task panes
  • Working with windows in Visio
6. Publishing Diagrams in a Variety of Formats
  • Printing diagrams
  • Publishing a diagram to PDF
  • Saving diagrams as .jpg or .gif files
  • Saving diagrams to the web using HTML
7. Working with Layers
  • How adding SmartShapes can create layers
  • Creating, removing, and assigning to layers
  • Managing layer settings
8. Working with Themes
  • The difference between themes and styles
  • Applying themes, colors, and effects
  • Blocking themes from SmartShapes
  • Creating custom theme colors
9. Creating Organizational Charts
  • Inserting a top-level exec SmartShape
  • Adding manager subshapes
  • Adding other subshapes
  • Defining alternate layouts for subordinates
  • Reordering team members
  • Adding team frames to a diagram
  • Creating dotted-line report indicators
  • Using multiple and three-position SmartShapes
  • Adding employee pictures
  • Using synchronized copies to break down structure
  • Expanding and collapsing reporting structure views
  • Understanding the Organization Chart Wizard
  • Importing data with the Organization Chart Wizard
  • Relinking to organizational data after it changes
  • Applying data graphics
  • Publishing organizational charts
10. Creating Brainstorming Diagrams
  • Understanding brainstorming diagram structure
  • Adding the top-level topic
  • Adding multiple sub-topics
  • Editing topic text
  • Editing topics in the Outline Window
  • Customizing topic shapes
  • Changing the layout and design
  • Sending data to Microsoft Word
  • Sending data to Microsoft Excel
11. Creating Timelines
  • Adding and configuring a timeline shape
  • Adding milestones to a timeline
  • Dealing with text collisions
  • Adding intervals to a timeline
  • Adding markers and indicators to a timeline
  • Creating and adjusting the expanded timeline
  • Formatting timelines
  • Sharing your timeline
12. Creating Calendars
  • Creating a monthly calendar
  • Adding appointments and events
  • Adding months
  • Customizing the calendar
  • Creating a weekly calendar
  • Creating a multi-week calendar
  • Importing calendar data from Microsoft Outlook
13. Working with Floor Plan Diagrams
  • Creating a floor plan diagram
  • Setting the drawing scale
  • Creating the floor plan shell
  • Adding other structural elements
  • Adding dimensions
  • Adding furniture
  • Adding a title and other information
  • Sharing via OneDrive
14. Using Wireframes to Create Prototype Diagrams
  • Exploring wireframe diagram stencils for creating software prototypes
  • Adding dialog elements and other controls
  • Collaborating and tracking changes
  • Next steps

Taught by

David Rivers

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