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    About this Course

    ​In Microsoft Visio, Level 1 students will learn the skills necessary to be able to create a wide variety of charts and diagrams. In this course students will learn how to use stencils, scale and resize objects, draw basic shapes and compound lines, and arrange objects. They will also learn how to create diagrams, work with text, apply formatting, work with background pages, and set file and print properties. Finally, students will create network and brainstorming diagrams, set shape properties, and create reports.


    This course is intended for individuals who want to gain skills in Visio for creating a wide variety of professional looking charts, graphs and diagrams.

    At Course Completion

    ​Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explore the Visio interface
    • Use a variety of drawing tools
    • Create and enhance basic diagrams
    • Create an organization chart
    • Format text shapes and lines
    • Understand file and print properties
    • Create a network diagram
    • Define shape properties
    • Design reports


    Lesson 1: Getting Started

    • Using the Start page
    • Examining the Visio interface
    • Examining navigation and viewing tools
    • Navigating through drawing pages
    • Working with windows
    • Selecting, moving and editing objects
    • Scaling and resizing objects

    Lesson 2: Drawing Tools

    • Drawing basic
    • Creating various types of lines and arcs
    • Editing, duplicating and aligning objects
    • Grouping, distributing and rotating objects

    Lesson 3: Planning Basic Diagrams

    • Inserting, connecting and moving shapes
    • Applying connector shapes
    • Inserting and formatting text
    • Adding paragraph text
    • Adding text to connectors
    • Manipulating and rotating text
    • Creating organization charts
    • Modifying layouts

    Lesson 4: Formatting Drawings

    • Formatting text
    • Using the Text dialog box to format text
    • Examining themes and variants
    • Formatting shapes and lines
    • Using the Format Painter

    Lesson 5: Working with Pages

    • Viewing and setting file and print properties
    • Adding headers and footers in Print Preview
    • Printing a diagram
    • Creating and editing background pages
    • Adding fields to background pages
    • Creating links to pages and external files

    Lesson 6: Network and Brainstorming Diagrams

    • Creating Network diagrams
    • Applying topology shapes in a network diagram
    • Working with connection handles
    • Moving shape text
    • Creating rack diagrams
    • Creating brainstorming diagrams

    Lesson 7: Customization and Reporting

    • Reviewing layout and customization techniques
    • Using guides
    • Creating new connection points
    • Selecting objects by type
    • Using the Snap and Glue dialog box
    • Defining and applying custom shape properties
    • Creating running and updating reports


    ​To be successful in this course, students should have a basic understanding of the Windows operating system, including how to launch an application and create and save files. A basic understanding of workflows and the concept of end-to-end flowcharting is helpful but not required.

    GSA Schedule: 47QTCA19D008F