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Module 1: Starting a New DrawingIn this chapter you'll learn about:
- Starting with a new drawing
- Beginning with a solution
- Creating a new drawing with a wizard
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.
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 DrawingVisio 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.