Intro to Visio

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To make a professional impression, use the ruler, guides, and grid to arrange and position shapes neatly in your drawings.

Show or hide the rulers

  • To show the Ruler, select View and select the Ruler checkbox.

  • To hide the Ruler, select View and clear the Ruler checkbox.

Work with Guides

  • To show Guides, select View and select the Guides checkbox.

  • To hide Guides, select View and clear the Guides checkbox.

  • Drag a guide from the horizontal or vertical ruler onto the drawing page.

  • Drag a shape to the guide until a connection point on the shape snaps to it.

  • Drag a guide to move the shapes connected to it.

  • To remove a guide, select it and press Delete.

Show or hide the grid

  • To show the Grid, select View and select the Grid check box.

  • To hide the Grid, select View and clear the Grid check box.

Snap shapes to the grid, guides, and rulers

  1. Select View > More > Snap & Glue.

    Screenshot of View options with Dynamic Grid and Connection Points selected

  2. Select the Snap to options you want.

    • To snap shapes to the grid, select Grid.

    • To snap shapes to guides, select Guides.

    • To snap shapes to rulers, select Ruler subdivisions.

  3. Select OK.

View a diagram in presentation mode

  • To view a drawing in full-screen mode, Select View > Presentation Mode.

  • To move from page to page, select a blank area of the drawing.

  • To close presentation mode, press Esc.

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