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Brainstorming diagram

A brainstorming diagram and its accompanying outline.

A brainstorming diagram, available in both Visio Standard and Visio Professional, can help you record and develop any set of related ideas or information, such as new business strategies, book outlines, meeting minutes, or travel plans.

There are two ways to create this kind of diagram:

  • You can create the diagram visually, by dragging shapes into place.


  • You can create the diagram automatically, by typing an outline in the outline window. This way, Visio creates the shapes for you.

Tip    You can also import a Word outline into Visio as a brainstorming diagram, or export a Visio brainstorming diagram as a Word outline, which makes it easy to repurpose your work.

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