Introduction to Diagramming with Microsoft Visio

(I’ve zoomed in using the standard zoom control on the toolbar to make things clearer. Notice the screen grid spacing is still the same size.) Grab the green lower right-hand control handle of the frame and stretch it out to (3”, 8”) as shown here.

Now drag the Circle shape into the frame. Notice it obscures the text. Visio has a stacking order, like most vector-based drawing programs. Shrink the circle using the green control handle and use either CTRL-drag or Copy and Paste to create three more and arrange them inside the frame as shown. Snap to Grid is still on, but now the increments are finer.

Take the Right arrow, open shape and place it in the middle of the right side of the frame (3”, 9.25”). The end doesn’t have a border. Combined with the stacking order, it looks like a seamless extension of the frame.

Finally, take one more Circle and place it at (4”, 9.5”), which covers a bit of the arrow’s shading. Type “Main Database” as the text on the circle. Remember to press Esc when done, not Enter.

Uh-oh. The shapes are too high on the page. Press CTRL-A to select all the shapes on the page, and use your arrow keys to push them across and down to (2”, 9”) level.

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