Open Visio drawings even if you don't have Visio installed

Applies to
Microsoft Visio® 2002

You don't have Visio because your job doesn't require you to create drawings. Your boss, however, just sent you a Visio timeline that she wants comments on. What can you do?

Instead of asking the boss to make you a paper copy, you can quickly download and install Microsoft Visio Viewer 2003 or Visio Viewer 2002 from Downloads on Office Online. Then you can open and review the Visio drawing in your Web browser.

What is Visio Viewer?

Visio Viewer is an ActiveX® control that you install on your computer. With this control and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or later installed, you can open Visio drawing files and Visio XML drawing files.

When you double-click the Visio file, an Internet Explorer window opens with the drawing inside it.

Viewing a Visio timeline using Visio Viewer

Which version should you use?

You should install the version of Visio Viewer that is at least as recent as the version of Visio used to create the file.

To open these files When you have this operating system on your computer Use this version

Visio drawing (.vsd) files saved in version 5.0, 2000, or 2002

Visio XML drawing format (.vdx) files saved in version 2002

Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0 Visio Viewer 2002

Visio drawing (.vsd) files saved in version 5.0, 2000, 2002, or 2003

Visio XML drawing format (.vdx) files saved in version 2002 or 2003

Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, or Millennium Edition Visio Viewer 2003

Get started with Visio Viewer

Use the tips below to get started using Visio Viewer. For more details about viewing and printing Visio drawings, right-click the Visio drawing in the Visio Viewer window, and then click Help.

If you want to Do this
Open a Visio drawing.
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. On the File menu, click Open.
  3. Click Browse. Select a Visio (.vsd or .vdx) file, and then click Open.

 Tip   You can also open a Visio drawing by double-clicking its file icon or by dragging the file icon into the Internet Explorer window.

Show the Visio Viewer toolbar.
  1. With the Visio drawing open in Internet Explorer, right-click the drawing page.
  2. Click Properties and Settings.
  3. On the Display Settings tab, select the Toolbar check box.
Zoom in. Hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click the left mouse button.
Zoom out. Hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click the right mouse button.
Pan (move the drawing around). Click the page and drag.
See information associated with a shape.
  1. With the Visio drawing open in Internet Explorer, right-click the drawing page.
  2. Click Properties and Settings, and then click the Shape Properties tab.
  3. Press CTRL and click a shape that contains information.

 Tip   When the cursor is positioned over a shape that contains information, it includes a hand pointing at a list:

Pointers showing that shapes contain information

Follow a hyperlink.
  1. Position the pointer over a Visio shape that has a hyperlink.
  2. Click the shape.

 Tip   When the cursor is positioned over a shape that contains a hyperlink, it includes a globe and chain link:

Pointers showing that shapes are hyperlinked

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003