Modify a legend

You can configure the display of information in a Legend shape in two ways. You can edit and format text directly in the Legend shape, and you can use the Configure Legend dialog box to specify which symbols and information appear in the Legend.

Note: The Legend shape appears in the Brainstorming Diagram, Network Diagram, and Building Plan templates, but you can use it in any Microsoft Office Visio drawing.

Modify text directly in the legend

  1. Add a title and subtitle.


    • In the Legend shape, double-click Title or Subtitle and then type the text you want.

      Note: If the Legend shape is already selected, just click once and type.

  2. Edit and format text.

    • To edit text, subselect it, and then type the text you want

    • To format text, subselect it, and then, on the Format menu, click Text. In the Text dialog box, make the changes you want, and then click OK.

Modify the legend appearance using the Configure Legend dialog box

  1. Right-click the Legend shape, and then click Configure Legend.

  2. In the Configure Legend dialog box, do any of the following:

    • Show or hide particular legend symbols in the Legend shape using the check boxes under Visible.

    • Show or hide the subtitle, column names, or quantity using the check boxes at the bottom of the dialog box.

    • Change the order of legend symbols using the Move Up and Move Down buttons.

      Note: Legend symbols must be set to Visible in the Configure Legend dialog box for changes resulting from Move Up or Move Down to persist.

  3. Click OK.

Note: You can resize the Legend shape horizontally by dragging a side selection handle Selection handle image .

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