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Shapes IV: Let's talk about text positioning

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Get the hang of positioning text in Microsoft Office Visio 2007. This course, the fourth in a series on shapes, will teach you this hidden functionality, plus it will also solve some age old mysteries concerning Visio text.

About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson and one practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require Visio 2007.
  • 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:

  • Identify a shape's text block.
  • Use the Text Block tool to position text on or nearby a shape.
  • Resize and rotate text for a shape.
  • Put text along a curve.
  • Know the limitations concerning how Visio text can be positioned and arranged.

You've added text to a shape. But something's not quite right. Maybe the text is on top of the shape, and you want it under. Maybe it's being skewered by a connector, and you want it hovering above it.

Well, raise your right hand and repeat: I do not have to accept the default position of Visio text.

So, how do you change the position of text for a shape? And what about other mysteries, like putting text on a curve, or confining text to the contours of a shape?

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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