Add shapes and connectors

Show shape size or dimensions

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Add dimension shapes to your Visio Professional diagrams to show the size of a shape in a scaled drawing.

Display measurements on the diagram

  1. Select More Shapes > Visio Extras > Dimensioning-Architectural.

  2. Drag a dimension shape onto the drawing page, and place it near the shape you want to measure.

  3. Glue the ends of the dimension shape to the points you want to measure.

  4. Drag the yellow circle on the dimension text to move the text, or select Home > Text Block and drag the text or the text handle.

Change the measurement units

  1. Right-click the dimension shape, and select Precision & Units.

  2. Choose a different unit, and select OK.

Change the size of a shape

  1. Select View > Task Panes > Size & Position.

  2. Select a shape.

  3. Enter new values for Width or Height.

  4. Select a blank area of the drawing page to make the change.

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Show size or dimensions of shapes in Visio

Specify dimensions by using the Size & Position window

My diagram is set up exactly as I want and is on its way to the printer. When it’s finished printing, I’ll have copies to share with my team.

Dimension shapes show the size of a shape, and update automatically when it’s resized.

You’ll find the dimension shapes in the two Dimensioning stencils: Architectural and Engineering.

To open these stencils, select More Shapes, and select Visio Extras.

I need to know the dimensions of the office on my floorplan. So I’ll drag the Room measure shape to my floorplan, aligning the lower-left corner to the lower-left corner of the office. A green line shows me when the dimension shape is connected to the room shape.

Then I’ll drag the right side of the dimension shape until it snaps to the right wall of the office shape.

And drag the top side to the top edge of the office.

The office measurements are in the center of the diagram.

But it would look better if they were larger, so I select Home and choose a larger font size.

To move the measurement text so it doesn’t cover another shape, I go to Home, select Text Block, and drag the control handle on the text. When I’m finished, I select Pointer Tool.

I want to measure this table, too.

I’ll drag the Horizontal shape to the left edge, and drag the handles on the dimension shape to adjust it so that each end is connected to the table.

I prefer to see the dimensions in inches. So I’ll hold the Control key while I select both shapes …

… and then right-click and select Precision & Units.

Then, in Units, I select Inches.

It turns out that our tables will be a different size than what we see here.

And I want to make sure I show the exact measurement. With the table selected, I’ll go to View, select Task Panes, and select Size & Position.

I’ll enter the width and the length to resize the table.

Now I have an office diagram that includes sizes and dimensions, which update automatically if the measured shapes change.

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