Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step: The smart way to learn Microsoft Visio 2010-one step at a time!


Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create professional-looking business and technical diagrams with Visio 2010. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

  • Build a variety of charts and diagrams with Visio templates
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Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create professional-looking business and technical diagrams with Visio 2010. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

  • Build a variety of charts and diagrams with Visio templates
  • Draw organization charts, floor plans, flowcharts, and more
  • Apply color, text, and themes to your Visio diagrams
  • Use Visio shapes to link to, store, and visualize data
  • Collaborate on diagrams with Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Create custom diagrams with your own shapes and templates

Your Step by Step digital content includes:

  • All the book's practice files—ready to download and put to work.
  • Fully searchable online edition of this book—with unlimited access on the Web. Free online account required.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735648876
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 238,007
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Helmers is a Visio MVP and a Partner with the Harvard Computing Group (HCG), a software and consulting firm that assists organizations with understanding relevant technologies and making decisions about business applications. A key focus for HCG is to ensure that clients work processes are documented effectively so they can be analyzed and improved, as required. Scott is a co-inventor of TaskMap, a Visio add-in that that allows anyone to document all of the important aspects of any business process with only an hour of training. He has worked with numerous clients in Afghanistan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Jordan, Egypt, Ireland, Saudi Arabaia, Canada and the United States on projects involving knowledge management, specification of new IT systems, process mapping and redesign, and technology training.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Visio 2010; Creating and Enhancing Diagrams More Easily; Adding Structure to Visio Diagrams; Publishing to SharePoint; Managing Business Processes; Validating Diagrams; Summary; Modifying the Display of the Ribbon; Dynamic Ribbon Elements; Changing the Width of the Ribbon; Adapting Exercise Steps; Features and Conventions of This Book; Using the Practice Files; Companion Content; Getting Support and Giving Feedback; Errata; Getting Help with Visio 2011; We Want to Hear from You; Stay in Touch; How to Access Your Online Edition Hosted by Safari; How to Download the Online Edition to Your Computer; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: A Visual Orientation to a Visual Product; 1.1 Getting Started with Visio 2010; 1.2 Exploring the Backstage View; 1.3 Using the Visio Ribbon; 1.4 Resizing the Ribbon; 1.5 Minimizing the Ribbon; 1.6 Understanding Contextual Tabs; 1.7 Understanding Add-in Tabs; 1.8 Understanding Shapes, Masters, Stencils, and Templates; 1.9 Exploring the Drawing Window; 1.10 Managing the Shapes Window; 1.11 Panning and Zooming in Visio; 1.12 Resizing and Repositioning Shapes; 1.13 Key Points; Chapter 2: Creating a New Diagram; 2.1 Using Basic Shapes and the Dynamic Grid; 2.2 Selecting Shapes; 2.3 Copying and Pasting Shapes; 2.4 Connecting Shapes with Lines; 2.5 Connecting Shapes with Dynamic Connectors; 2.6 Identifying 1-D Shapes and Types of Glue; 2.7 Positioning Shapes with Rulers and Guides; 2.8 Using AutoConnect and Quick Shapes; 2.9 Using AutoAdd and AutoDelete; 2.10 Starting a New Diagram from a Sample Diagram; 2.11 Key Points; Chapter 3: Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings; 3.1 Adding Text to Shapes; 3.2 Creating and Formatting Text Boxes; 3.3 Orienting Shapes on the Page; 3.4 Orienting Shape Text; 3.5 Positioning Shape Text; 3.6 Adding ScreenTips and Comments; 3.7 Using Shape Data; 3.8 Inserting Fields: The Basics; 3.9 Grouping Shapes; 3.10 Inserting Pictures; 3.11 Understanding Layers; 3.12 Managing Pages and Page Setup; 3.13 Working with Background Pages and Borders; 3.14 Key Points; Chapter 4: Drawing the Real World: Flowcharts and Organization Charts; 4.1 Selecting a Flowchart Type; 4.2 Creating Flowcharts; 4.3 Adding Labels to Flowcharts; 4.4 Understanding Swimlane Diagrams; 4.5 Creating Swimlane Diagrams; 4.6 Understanding Organization Charts; 4.7 Building an Organization Chart by Hand; 4.8 Using the Organization Chart Wizard with Existing Data; 4.9 Using the Organization Chart Wizard with New Data; 4.10 Enhancing Org Charts with Pictures; 4.11 Key Points; Chapter 5: Adding Style, Color, and Themes; 5.1 Aligning and Spacing Shapes; 5.2 Using the Auto Align & Space Feature; 5.3 Applying Color and Fill Patterns; 5.4 Applying Line Styles and Colors; 5.5 Using the Format Painter; 5.6 Turning Off the Grid; 5.7 Applying Themes to Your Diagrams: Part 1; 5.8 Applying Themes to Your Diagrams: Part 2; 5.9 Customizing Themes; 5.10 Setting Theme Options; 5.11 Key Points; Chapter 6: Entering, Linking to, and Reporting on Data; 6.1 Understanding Shape Data; 6.2 Viewing Shape Data; 6.3 Editing Shape Data; 6.4 Viewing Shape Data Attributes; 6.5 Changing Shape Data Attributes; 6.6 Creating New Shape Data Fields; 6.7 Linking Diagrams to External Data; 6.8 Refreshing All Data in Linked Diagrams; 6.9 Refreshing Selected Data in Linked Diagrams; 6.10 Scheduling Data Refresh; 6.11 Linking Data to Shapes Automatically; 6.12 Running a Predefined Report; 6.13 Creating a New Report; 6.14 Modifying an Existing Report; 6.15 Key Points; Chapter 7: Adding and Using Hyperlinks; 7.1 Enhancing Diagrams by Adding Hyperlinks; 7.2 Using Hyperlinks; 7.3 Linking to a Website; 7.4 Linking to a Document; 7.5 Linking to a Specific Location in a Document; 7.6 Linking to Another Visio Page; 7.7 Understanding Relative and Absolute Hyperlinks; 7.8 Setting the Hyperlink Base; 7.9 Editing Existing Hyperlinks; 7.10 Adding Multiple Hyperlinks; 7.11 Key Points; Chapter 8: Sharing and Publishing Diagrams: Part 1; 8.1 Previewing and Printing Visio Diagrams; 8.2 Removing Personal Information; 8.3 Creating Graphics; 8.4 Saving in Other File Formats; 8.5 Creating Visio Templates; 8.6 Sharing Diagrams by Using the Visio Viewer; 8.7 Publishing Visio Diagrams to the Web; 8.8 Key Points; Chapter 9: Drawing the Real World: Network and Data Center Diagrams; 9.1 Building Basic Network Diagrams; 9.2 Building Detailed Network Diagrams; 9.3 Organizing Network Shapes in a Diagram; 9.4 Creating Rack Diagrams; 9.5 Adding Equipment to Rack Diagrams; 9.6 Changing the Drawing Scale; 9.7 Running Computer and Network Reports; 9.8 Searching and Replacing Text; 9.9 Mapping Active Directory and LDAP; 9.10 Key Points; Chapter 10: Visualizing Your Data; 10.1 Enhancing Diagrams with Data-Driven Graphics; 10.2 Using Exiiiiiisting Data Graphics; 10.3 Editing Data Graphics; 10.4 Creating New Data Graphics; 10.5 Creating Data Graphic Legends; 10.6 Key Points; Chapter 11: Adding Structure to Your Diagrams; 11.1 Comparing Containers and Groups; 11.2 Working with Containers and Their Contents; 11.3 Formatting Containers; 11.4 Sizing Containers; 11.5 Adding Shapes to Lists; 11.6 Formatting and Sizing Lists; 11.7 Finding Containers and Lists in Visio; 11.8 Annotating Shapes with Callouts; 11.9 Key Points; Chapter 12: Creating and Validating Process Diagrams; 12.1 Understanding Visio Rules; 12.2 Validating Flowcharts; 12.3 Understanding BPMN; 12.4 Creating and Validating BPMN Diagrams; 12.5 Creating Subprocesses; 12.6 Creating and Exporting SharePoint Workflow Diagrams; 12.7 Reusing Existing Validation Rules; 12.8 Creating New Validation Rules; 12.9 Key Points; Chapter 13: Sharing and Publishing Diagrams: Part 2; 13.1 Customizing Diagrams Saved as Websites; 13.2 Saving Visio-Created Websites on a SharePoint Server; 13.3 Understanding Visio Services; 13.4 Publishing Visio Drawings to SharePoint 2010 Visio Services; 13.5 Key Points; Looking Under the Hood; Customizing the Visio User Interface; Running in Developer Mode; Viewing and Modifying the ShapeSheet; Inserting Fields: Advanced Topics; Recording and Running Macros; Programming Visio by Using Visual Basic for Applications; Creating Containers and Lists; Glossary; About the Author;

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    The First and Second Book You Need!

    Microsoft Visio has come along way since I played with it before Microsoft made it part of the office family. Visio now finds itself a required software for most universities offering IT courses, as well as an indispensable tool for the entry level and practicing software programmer and developer. I've attempted to learn the details of how to use the program from the Microsoft website, and peeked at the dummies books, but they did not contain the information I needed to really use the program, and take advantage of the features. After purchasing, working through the exercises in this book, and practicing some examples from the website, I've amazed myself at the lack of limitations of this software! This book has saved me countless hours fumbling through Word's drawing tools for university homework, let me make astonishing presentations for many of my IT courses at the university, and I am now using Visio for flow charting business processes and software diagrams. The examples are clear, explanation of the software vocabulary was much better than the other resources I tried, and the tips and tricks shown in the book are time savers. I recommend this book to fellow students, anyone in the IT field, and business managers needing a sound informational resource to help learn to leverage the value of Visio.

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