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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 2003. 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.
  • 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.

Before you begin

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with how to select shapes, zoom in and out, add shapes to the page, know the differences between 1-D and 2-D, move shapes by dragging the mouse, what grouped shapes are, add text to a shape, edit text on shapes, and be able to make text-only shapes. Or, take the following courses:

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 overview information or the table of contents in the left column. When you're done reading this page, click Next to start the first lesson.

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