ShapeSheet Shapes

A lot of people only know Visio as an app to create business diagrams with clip art and connecting lines. Some have realized you can connect the diagram to a data source like Excel and bring life to the content. Some have also realzed you can add embelishments to the shapes called Data Graphics thatContinue reading “ShapeSheet Shapes”

Venn Diagram

Today, someone asked where the Venn Diagram was in Visio. There is a support article https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-a-venn-diagram-in-visio-447d65f4-79a3-411d-811d-bfdea7f83e2d The actual description for manually creating a Venn digram is okay, but a bit of overkill. You can just create a circle duplicate it twice, move them apart and distribute them horizontally (only worry about the distance between theContinue reading “Venn Diagram”

Visio Ellipse Part 2

Rotation So, what happens when a circle rotates? The Geometry row is unchanged, but the shape angle changes and the bounding box is at an angle. To correct the bounding box, you can do Developer > Operations > Union. Now the shape looks the same as before, but if you look at the Ellipse Row,Continue reading “Visio Ellipse Part 2”

Techniques for creating Visio Shapes

Most Visio users barely scratch the surface when dealing with the product. I recently watched a video where a Visio expert dropped a shape on a page and then used the Text tool to create a label for the shape. All Visio shapes have a text block and there is a Text block tool ifContinue reading “Techniques for creating Visio Shapes”

Pool anyone? … or how to create a smart Visio Shape

One of the things I like about Visio are smart shapes. The trouble is that most of what is offered as Visio shapes is no more than clipart encapsulated in a Visio shape. For most purposes, that is fine, So time for some real Visio shapes. A pool table is a good candidate for aContinue reading “Pool anyone? … or how to create a smart Visio Shape”

Visio 2016 Electrical Engineering Shapes

While researching a new PowerPoint deck on Visio 2016, I came across a supposed update to the Electrical Engineering stencil. Unfortunately, the way I learned how to draw EE shapes, long before Visio existed when I was getting my EE degree, was what was in Visio 2013. The bold lines in 2016 are distracting andContinue reading “Visio 2016 Electrical Engineering Shapes”