Create a map in Visio

  1. Click File > New.

  2. In the Categories list, click the Maps and Floor Plans category.

  3. Click Directional Map, and then click Create.

Add road and metro shapes

  1. From the Road Shapes and Metro Shapes stencils, drag a shape (such as Road round or Curve 1) onto your map, and then resize the shape as necessary.

  2. To set the thickness of a road shape, right-click it, and then click a thickness setting (Thin, Standard, Thick, or Custom.)

    If you choose Custom, you can drag a selection handle or control handle to change the road thickness.

  3. To change the direction of a road shape, use the rotation handle on the selected shape.

  4. To flip a shape, on the Home tab, in the Arrange group, click Position, point to Rotate Shapes, and then click a rotate or flip command.

  5. From Road Shapes, drag other shapes, such as bridges, roundabouts, and interchanges to your map.

Set the relative thickness of road and metro shapes

  1. Make sure that no shapes are selected.

  2. On the View tab, in the Show group, click Task Panes, and then select Shape Data.

  3. In the Shape Data pane, in the Road Width and Metro Width fields, type a base width value.

This value will be applied to thin roads and thin metro lines. The width of standard and thick roads and metro lines will be based on multiples of this value.

Add landmarks and a scale indicator

  • From Landmark Shapes, drag shapes onto your map to indicate natural features (such as trees and lakes) or buildings (such as schools and hospitals).

  • Drag the Scale shape onto your map. To associate the scale with a specific distance, select the shape and then type to add a distance measurement.

Label your map

  • Select a shape that you want to add text to, and then type.

Add text blocks to the page

  1. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Text Block tool.

  2. Drag and draw a text block onto your map, then type your text.

  3. On the Home tab, click Pointer Tool when you are finished adding text.

Create a 3D map

  1. In the Maps and Floor Plans category, click Directional Map 3D, and then click Create.

  2. From Directional Map Shapes 3D, drag road shapes onto the drawing page. You can duplicate road shapes by selecting the shape, and then pressing CTRL+D. Repeat to create multiple road segments.

  3. Align the shapes to create the road configuration you want.

  4. To nudge a shape into position, select the shape and then press the arrow key that represents the direction you want.

  5. To create a longer road or a road grid that can be moved as a single unit, group multiple road shapes together.

  6. Drag other shapes, such as bridges, buildings, and cars onto your map.

  7. To rotate a selected shape, drag the Rotation handle.

  8. To add text to shapes, select a shape, and then type.

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