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Link data to diagrams IV: Link data automatically

Automatic linking of data
There's a faster way to link data to diagrams than by dragging rows to shapes. Take this course and learn how to link data to shapes automatically using Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007.

About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson and one practice session for hands-on experience. The practice requires Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Automatically link a large amount of data to many shapes all at once.
  • Configure Visio to refresh the linked data automatically so that you don’t have to.
  • Link older Visio diagrams that contain data to a data source.

Before you begin

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with how to link data to a diagram, and you should know how add data graphics to shapes. Or you should take these courses:

In Link data to diagrams I: Getting started, we teach you how to drag data rows to shapes one by one. But doing that manual process can be, well, a drag if you have a lot of rows to link. This course shows you how to link many rows to many shapes automatically in Visio Professional 2007. Also, you'll learn here what to do with Visio diagrams created in previous versions — diagrams that contain data already. We'll show you how to link those diagrams to external data sources automatically so that you don't have to enter data by hand.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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