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Microsoft Visio (Level 1)


Course Overview

From the earliest eras of human existence, visual images have been used to represent knowledge, data, and information. Beginning with the Paleolithic cave paintings and continuing to today’s most complex computer networks, these images leverage the ability of the human brain to rapidly perceive patterns and trends from visual representations.

In today’s workplace, visual diagrams are an essential part of communication, from road maps to sales flows to process charts. Visio provides you with an intuitive, customizable tool to easily create a professional-looking visual product by using its extensive gallery of shapes. By following the exercises in this course, you will create visually engaging diagrams, maps, and drawings, using graphical elements to make information easier to comprehend.

Target Audience

This course is designed for persons who have an understanding of basic workflows and the concept of end-to-end flowcharting.


Students should be familiar with using personal computers and have used a mouse and keyboard (basic typing skills are recommended). They should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on their computer. Specifically, students should be able to launch and close programs; navigate to information stored on the computer; and manage files and folders.

Course Outline

Module 1: Getting started with Visio 2013

  • Navigate the Visio environment
  • Use backstage commands
  • Save a file

Module 2: Creating a workflow diagram

  • Use drawing components
  • Modify a drawing
  • Callouts and groups

Module 3: Creating an organization chart

  • Create a basic organization chart
  • Modify an organization chart

Module 4: Making a floor plan

  • Make a basic floor plan
  • Model a room layout

Module 5: Creating a cross-functional flowchart

  • Create a cross-functional flowchart
  • Format a cross-functional flowchart

Module 6: Creating a network diagram

  • Network diagrams
  • Use shape data
  • Use layers

Module 7: Styling a diagram

  • Shape and connector styles
  • Themes and variants
  • Use containers

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