Link data to diagrams I: Getting started

Data linked to a diagram

Visio for data? You might not think so, but think again. This course, the first in a four-part series, will show you how to link your data to diagrams in Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007.

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About this course

This course includes:

  • One practice session for hands-on experience. The practice requires Visio Professional 2007.

  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • See how a Visio diagram can be valuable in analyzing information.

  • Know the requirements for data that you want to import.

  • Import outside data into a diagram so that you can analyze it visually.

  • Link data to individual shapes in a diagram.

Before you begin

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with how Visio shapes work and how to connect them. Or you should take the following courses:

Topics in this course

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

  1. How to link data to diagrams

  2. How data improves diagrams

  3. How data improves diagrams, cont’d

  4. Three steps

  5. Step 1: Get shapes on the page

  6. Step 2: Connect to your data source

  7. Step 3: Drag rows onto shapes

  8. Subset of data displayed

  9. Entire row is imported

  10. Link icon

  11. You might be wondering

  12. Practice

  1. Recommendations for your data

  2. Rows should describe shapes

  3. Data should be in table form with headings

  4. Data should have a column with unique values

  5. Prep your data, if necessary

  6. Supported data sources

  7. Quick reference card

Applies To: Visio 2007

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