Resize a shape

  1. Select a shape.

  2. To resize a 2-dimensional (2-D) shape, such as a rectangle, drag a selection handle Selection handle image until the shape is the size you want. To resize the shape proportionally, drag a corner handle.

    Tip: Each 2-D shape has 8 selection handles. If you can't see all 8 of them, zoom in until they appear so you can resize the shape more accurately. (Press CTRL+SHIFT and click to zoom in. Press CTRL+SHIFT and right-click to zoom out.)

  3. To resize a 1-dimensional (1-D) shape, such as a line, drag an endpoint End point image, which is plus sign in a green square Begin point image - green square with X inside to the length you want.

  4. To resize a shape by typing a value, on the View menu, click Size & Position Window, and then in the Size & Position window, type new values in the Width, Height, or Length boxes.

Tip: To make several shapes the same size, select the shapes and, in the Size & Position window, type new values in the Width, Height, or Length boxes.

Tip: Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 provides several shapes that resize based on their text. To use these shapes, on the File menu, point to Shapes, point to Visio Extras, and click Callouts.


  • Some shapes and layers may be locked so that they cannot be resized.

  • To unlock a shape, select the shape, and on the Format menu, click Protection, and then clear the appropriate check boxes.

  • To unlock a layer, on the View menu, click Layer Properties, and then clear the check box in the Lock column by clicking the cell in the row for the layer that you want to unlock.

  • Some shapes, like the shapes in the Database Model Diagram template, cannot be resized manually, even if the shapes are unlocked. You have to use a different shape if you want to one that you can resize manually.

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