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Learn Microsoft Visio 2002
     

Learn Microsoft Visio 2002

by Ralph Grabowski
 
Visio is essential office software for creating business diagrams, such as flowcharts and organization charts, and 2D technical drawings, such as office and space plans. This best-seller shows you how easy it is to harness the power of Visio.

Author Ralph Grabowski provides comprehensive coverage of Visio 2002, from starting a new drawing and saving files to more

Overview

Visio is essential office software for creating business diagrams, such as flowcharts and organization charts, and 2D technical drawings, such as office and space plans. This best-seller shows you how easy it is to harness the power of Visio.

Author Ralph Grabowski provides comprehensive coverage of Visio 2002, from starting a new drawing and saving files to more complex topics such as exporting Visio drawings to other file formats and creating Web documents. The modular format, complete with step-by-step procedures, allows you to start anywhere in the book to learn how to create and work with Visio drawings. Hands-on activities provide the opportunity to practice essential concepts.

The appendix lists numerous mouse and keyboard shortcuts that enable you to work more quickly and efficiently.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556228186
Publisher:
Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1901
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.06(d)

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Module 1: Starting a New Drawing

In this chapter you'll learn about:
  • Starting with a new drawing
  • Beginning with a solution
  • Creating a new drawing with a wizard
You reach for a piece of blank paper. That's the first step you take when you start a new drawing. In Visio, it is no different: you start with a new drawing page.

A new drawing is like a blank sheet of paper. Visio 2002 lets you start a new drawing in several ways:

  • Start with a blank drawing.
  • Start with a solution (aka template).
  • Start a new drawing with a wizard.
In this module, you learn about all three of these methods of starting a new drawing.

Tip: To again see the Create New Drawing window, from Visio's menu bar, select File | New | Choose Drawing Type.

After you start Visio 2002, it displays a window with two lists of drawing types, and a preview area in the center. The Category list on the left of the Choose Drawing Type window sorts solutions into many categories, such as block diagrams, flowcharts, and networks.

The center area displays previews of templates listed in the categories.

The New Drawing list on the right is perhaps misnamed, since it allows you to open "old" (existing) drawings, as well as a blank new drawing, or a new drawing based on existing drawings and templates:

  • Open a drawing: Click Choose drawing to open an existing drawing. This can be one of the sample drawings that comes with Visio, or a drawing that you or someone else created previously. Visio displays the Open dialog box.

  • New: Click Blank drawing and Visio opens a new, blank drawing with no stencils.

  • New from existing drawing: Click Choose drawing, which allows you to use an existing drawing as a template for a new drawing. Visio displays the From Existing Drawing dialog box with the My Documents folder open.

  • New from template: Click Choose template to select a template drawing. Visio displays the Browse Templates dialog box with the Visio\Solutions folder open.
Tip: When you pause the cursor over a template or drawing name, a tooltip shows the full pathname (drive and folders) of the drawing.

Start with a New Drawing

Visio provides two ways to start with a new drawing.

Here is the first method: When you start Visio, it displays the Choose Drawing Type window. Under New, click Blank Drawing. Visio opens a blank drawing: an 8½" x `11" sheet of paper in portrait orientation, a scale of 1:1, and no stencil or shapes loaded. Starting with a blank drawing is best when you want to create a new drawing from scratch, with no assistance from Visio stencils or wizards.

Here is the second method: After starting Visio, you can open another blank drawing page. When you press Ctrl+N (or select File | New | New Drawing from the menu bar), Visio opens a new drawing with the same settings as the current drawing.

Begin with a Solution

A solution is a customized drawing environment for a specific discipline or vertical market, such as flowcharts, electronics, or facilities management. When you open a solution, Visio opens related stencils; configures the drawing page with a suitable size, scale, and orientation; and in some cases may add an item to the menu bar. (Solutions are based on Visio's *.VST template files, *.VSS stencil files, and additional menu items.) Opening a template is the same as opening a solution....

Meet the Author

Ralph Grabowski is the author of over 50 books about the Internet, computer-aided design, and technical drawing, including the Learn AutoCAD LT series for Wordware Publishing. Ralph is the former senior editor of CADalyst magazine, and was a contributing editor to Cadence magazine. He helped launch Technical Design Solutions magazine for Visio Technical and IntelliCAD users, and was the editor of the Drawing-Design Webzine for Actrix, iGrafx, Imagineer Technical, and Visio users.

Ralph is currently the editor of upFront.eZine, the weekly CAD news e-newsletter distributed free by e-mail. (To subscribe, send the message "subscribe upfront" to editor@upfrontezine.com.) He is also the editor of AutoCAD User magazine and the CRCeZine e-newsletter. He can be reached via email at ralphg@xyzpress.com and his Web site at www.upfrontezine.com.

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