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Shapes I: Introductory basics you can't live without

1-D shapes

Examples of 1-D shapes.

A 1-D shape is a shape that, when selected, has a beginning point Begin point image - green square with X inside and an ending point End point image, which is plus sign in a green square. 1-D shapes typically look like lines. Examples are shown here.

How do 1-D shapes behave when you work with them? If you move the beginning point or ending point, only one dimension changes: the length.

But the most powerful behavior of 1-D shapes is their ability to connect two other shapes. For example, in a business process diagram, you might connect two departments with a line or an arrow. We'll show you more about connecting in the practice session coming up.

You're probably thinking, "Wait a minute, these lines don't look like shapes to me." It's true, the word "shape" usually refers to a form or an object that has a distinct outline or boundary. But Visio considers these lines to be shapes and calls them shapes, so getting in that habit now will avoid confusion later.

Let's look next at 2-D shapes.

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