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Shapes II: Expertly position, stack, and group shapes

Moving shape
Shapes are smart, but they can't read your mind and know where to go. Take this course and find out how to position, stack, and group shapes in Microsoft Office Visio 2003.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three 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:

  • Position shapes quickly and effectively.
  • Stack shapes to show their relationships.
  • Group shapes so that they move and function as one.

Before you begin

Before taking this course, you should take the course, Shapes I: Introductory basics you can't live without. Or, you should be familiar with the Visio terms: template, stencil, and shape. You should also know how to zoom in and out, and how to add and select shapes on the page.

The arrangement of shapes in a Visio diagram is the key to communicating information. By controlling shape arrangement, you strengthen the significance of individual shapes and make the relationships among them crystal clear.

Because arranging shapes is so important, Visio offers many ways to do that, more than you might expect. Maybe you've experimented and found it a bit confusing. Maybe you know some methods, but you'd like to know more and better ones.

By positioning shapes, you put them where they work best. By stacking shapes, you give them more places to work in. By grouping shapes, you make them work together so that you can work faster.

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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