Shape basics Visio 2007

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In a Microsoft Office Visio drawing, shapes represent both objects and concepts. A Visio shape can be as simple as a line or as complex as a calendar. A Visio shape can be one-dimensional (1-D) or two-dimensional (2-D). A 1-D shape behaves like a line, while a 2-D shape behaves like a rectangle.
Note Some shapes have custom behavior appropriate to their drawing types and do not behave exactly as described here.
HideSelect a shape

To select one shape: Callout 1 Position the pointer over the shape. Callout 2 When the pointer changes to a four-headed arrow, click the shape. Callout 3 The selected shape displays selection handles.
Selecting a shape by clicking it
To select multiple shapes: Callout 1 Click the Pointer tool Button image, and then drag a selection net around all the shapes that you want to select, or hold down the SHIFT key and click each shape. Callout 2 The selected shapes are outlined in purple and the group displays selection handles.
Selecting shapes by dragging a selection net around them
Notes
  • To quickly select all shapes on the page, on the Edit menu, click Select All.
  • To cancel the selection of one of several selected shapes, hold down SHIFT and click the specific shape.




HideMove a shape

To move a shape: Position the pointer over the shape. When the pointer changes to a four-headed arrow, hold down the mouse button and drag the shape.
Moving a shape by dragging it
To align a shape with another shape, use dynamic grid lines.
Aligning shapes using the dynamic grid
Notes
  • To turn on the dynamic grid, on the Tools menu, click Snap & Glue. Click the General tab, select the Dynamic grid check box, and then click OK.
  • To nudge a shape, click to select it, and then press an arrow key. To nudge a shape exactly one pixel, hold down SHIFT and press an arrow key.





HideAdd text to a shape

To add text to a shape: Callout 1 Select the shape. Callout 2 Type the text.
Typing text in a shape
Note If you haven't already zoomed in on the shape, Visio zooms in when you type. To zoom out again, click outside the shape.

HideEdit text on a shape

To edit text on a shape: Callout 1 Click to select the shape. Callout 2 Click the Text tool. Callout 3 Type the new text.
Modifying text in a shape
Note To change the way shape text looks, click to select the shape, point to the Format menu, click Text, and then select the formatting options you want.

HideResize a shape

To change the width or length of a shape: Callout 1 Position the pointer over a side selection handle. Callout 2 When the pointer changes to a two-headed arrow, drag the selection handle.
Changing the width of a shape by dragging a side selection handle
The width and height of the selected shape appear in the status bar at the bottom of the Visio window.
Note You can also resize a shape in the Size & Position window. On the View menu, click Size & Position Window. Select the shape you want to resize, and then type the width and height values you want.
To resize a shape while maintaining its proportions: Callout 1 Position the pointer over a corner selection handle. Callout 2 Drag the selection handle. Callout 3 Drag any selection handle on a perfect circle or square to resize the shape proportionally.
Resizing a shape proportionally by dragging a corner selection handle

HideFormat a shape

To format a shape: Callout 1 Click to select the shape. Callout 2 Click Fill Color, Line Color, Line Weight, or other buttons on the Format toolbar. Callout 3 Your shape reflects the changes you made.
Changing the fill color of a shape

HideRotate a shape

To rotate a shape: Callout 1 Click to select the shape and then move the pointer over the rotation handle Button Image until your pointer becomes a circle Rotation tool pointer image. Callout 2 Drag the handle to the rotation you want.
Rotating a shape with the Rotation tool
To rotate a shape by a fixed amount: Callout 1 Click to select the shape. Callout 2 On the View menu, click Size & Position Window. Callout 3 In the Angle box, type the angle you want, and then press Enter.
Rotating a shape by typing a rotation angle

HideCopy a shape

To copy a shape: Callout 1 Click to select the shape. Callout 2 Hold down the CTRL key and drag to place the copy where you want it. Callout 3 Release the mouse button.
Copying a shape by holding down CTRL and dragging the shape

HideSee more shape commands

To see more shape commands: Callout 1 Place your pointer over a shape. Callout 2 Right-click the shape.
Right-clicking a shape to see the shortcut menu
Some shapes have control handles that you can use to modify the shape. Each control handle has a function unique to the shape on which it appears. Callout 1 Click to select the shape and place the pointer over the control handle Control handle image - yellow diamond. Callout 2 Drag the control handle.
Changing the contour of a shape.
Note To display a control handle tip, pause the pointer over the control handle.

HideZoom in or out

To zoom in on a drawing, click the arrow next to the Zoom box and click a setting. You can also zoom in on an area by holding down CTRL+SHIFT and dragging a selection net around the area you want to magnify.
Zooming in or out of a drawing by using the Zoom box

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