Shapes I: Introductory basics you can't live without


Mastering shapes is the key to making meaningful diagrams with Microsoft Office Visio 2007. This course, the first in a series on shapes, will introduce you to the important concepts behind them.

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About this course

This course includes:

  • Two practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require Visio 2007.

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


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the two types of Visio shapes: 1-D and 2-D.

  • See how 1-D shapes behave and 2-D shapes behave.

  • Find the shapes you need.

Before you begin

Before taking this course, you should take the course, Get to know Visio. Or you should be familiar with how to zoom in and out, add shapes to the page, move shapes by dragging the mouse, and connect shapes.

Topics in this course

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

  1. An introduction to shapes

  2. Two types of shapes

  3. 1-D shapes

  4. 2-D shapes

  5. 1-D or 2-D? How to be sure.

  6. Shapes with special behavior

  7. Anything is a shape

  8. Practice

  1. How to get shapes

  2. You must remember this

  3. Get shapes with templates

  4. Get shapes by searching

  5. Get shapes by browsing

  6. Draw your own shapes

  7. Get shapes from other people

  8. Insert pictures

  9. Practice

  10. Quick reference card

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