Microsoft Visio - User Interface
Microsoft visio tutorial
Microsoft Visio User Interface
In this chapter we will learn about the Visio user interface. It is important to fully understand the user interface to get the most out of this tool.
The user interface of Visio is similar to that of other programs in the Office suite. You will be greeted with a start page that lists some of the recent documents you have opened as well as featured templates for creating common types of diagrams.
You can also search Microsoft's website for models directly from the start screen.
The upper right corner shows the Microsoft account you are signed in to, if you have an Office 365 subion.
In addition to the templates offered, you can also click Templates to browse the template categoriesthe.
Click on one of the above templates to open the document template.
Visio's document interface is similar to other Office programs such as Word or Excel. At the top you have the Quick Access Toolbar, which contains common commands, such as Save, Undo, and Redo. This can be customized as needed.
Below the Quick Access Toolbar is the familiar Office ribbon. The Home tab lists common commands for working with the document. We'll learn more about the other tabs as we go.
In the left pane, there is Shapes, which lists common shapes that go well with the model. To insert a shape, just click and drag the shape on the canvas. There are many shapes available in Visio and we'll get familiar with them as we go along.
Of course you can also search for other shapes, if necessary online, using the built-in search tool.
As you place shapes on the canvas, you will see guides that will help you align the shapes relative to objects already on the canvas. You also have a ruler at the top left of the canvas. This gives a sense of perspective and allows you to create perfectly aligned diagrams.
Shapes in Visio are basically vector graphics and so you can enlarge or reduce the size as you need without losing quality. You also get an idea of the relative dimensions of all the other shapes (indicated by green arrows) when you try to change the dimensions of any shape.