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Visio® 2013 Absolute Beginner’s Guide

Book Description

Make the most of Visio 2013–without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to master Visio and use it to build powerful, useful diagrams, org charts, and flowcharts of all kinds! Even if you’ve never used Visio before, you’ll learn how to do what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time. Visio has never, ever been this simple!

Who knew how simple Visio 2013 could be?

This is the easiest, most practical beginner’s guide to using Microsoft Visio 2013...simple, reliable instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn:

  • Master new tools for creating intuitive, visually appealing diagrams

  • Learn high-efficiency touch features for Windows 8 and tablets

  • Create business and engineering diagrams, flowcharts, maps, floor plans, network diagrams, schedules, and more

  • Instantly set or change diagram designs with enhanced templates and themes

  • Simplify diagramming with built-in shapes and stencils–or create your own

  • Craft more sophisticated diagrams with containers, callouts, screentips, and layers

  • Import external images, from SVG graphics to AutoCAD drawings

  • Visually present Excel spreadsheet data in Visio drawings

  • Dynamically update diagrams with real-time data to support better decision-making

  • Share diagrams to improve team collaboration

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Authors
  7. Dedication
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. We Want to Hear from You!
  10. Reader Services
  11. Introduction
    1. What This Book Covers
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. Special Elements to Watch For
  12. Part I: Visio 2013 Basics
    1. 1. Getting to Know Visio 2013
      1. What Is Visio?
      2. Create a Basic Flowchart
      3. What Else Can I Make?
      4. Which Edition Should I Use?
      5. What Is New in the 2013 Editions?
    2. 2. Finding Your Way Around the Interface
      1. The Ribbon
      2. Important Features of the Visio Application
      3. A Look at the Drawing Window
      4. Manipulating Shapes
      5. Get Around Using Your Keyboard
    3. 3. Working with Basic Diagrams
      1. Making Diagrams
      2. Save Your Diagram
      3. Working with Drawing Windows
    4. 4. Taking Control of Your Diagrams
      1. Working with Pages
      2. Working with Themes
    5. 5. Working with Shapes
      1. Find the Right Shape
      2. Understanding Stencils
      3. Searching for Shapes
    6. 6. Manage Shapes
      1. Using Groups to Organize Shapes
      2. Arranging Shapes
  13. Part II: Customizing
    1. 7. Connecting Shapes
      1. What Are Connectors?
      2. What Happens to Connections...
      3. Modifying Connectors
      4. Working with Connector Points
    2. 8. Making Advanced Diagrams
      1. Organizing Diagrams
      2. Working with Text
      3. Layers
    3. 9. Shapes: Customizing
      1. Duplicating Shapes
      2. Resizing Shapes
      3. Rotating Shapes
      4. How to Format a Shape
      5. Using Format with Groups
      6. Changing Text
    4. 10. Shapes: More Than Meets the Eye
      1. Understanding Special SmartShape Features
      2. Import External Images
      3. Using Excel Charts
      4. Importing Scalable Vector Graphics
      5. Importing AutoCAD Drawings
    5. 11. Printing Visio Diagrams
      1. Just the Basics
      2. Controlling the Space Around the Print Job
      3. Selecting What You Will Print
      4. Get High-Quality Print Jobs
  14. Part III: Advanced
    1. 12. Sharing Visio Diagrams
      1. Share Drawings Using Email
      2. Creating a Web Page from Your Diagram
      3. Saving to Other File Formats from Visio
      4. Getting Visio Drawings into Other Applications
    2. 13. Unique Needs: Touchscreens, Custom Templates, and Complex Printing Concerns
      1. Touchscreens
      2. Creating Your Very Own Template
      3. A Look at Complex and Multipage Print Jobs
    3. 14. Using Data
      1. What Can I Do with Shape Data?
      2. Creating Shape Data Fields
      3. Creating Reports
    4. 15. Working with External Data and Data Graphics
      1. Linking Shapes to External Data
      2. What Are Data Graphics?
    5. 16. Additional Visio Resources
      1. Visio Viewer
      2. Resources and Tools
      3. Additional Reading
      4. Websites Worth Checking Out
    6. 17. Collaborating with Visio
      1. SharePoint
      2. Markup and Review in Visio
      3. Don’t Share Too Much
    7. 18. Tips for Flowcharts, Process, and Block Diagrams
      1. Process and Flow Chart Diagrams
      2. Business Process Diagrams (BPMN 2.0) and SharePoint Workflows
      3. Block Diagram Tips
    8. 19. Tips for Working with Other Diagram Types
      1. Working with Network Diagrams
      2. Timeline Tips
      3. Org Chart Tips
      4. Office and Space Plans
      5. Working with Dimension Lines
  15. Index