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Shapes I: Introductory basics you can't live without

The Shapes window and the Search for Shapes box

Callout 1 Type one or two words in the Search for Shapes box.
Callout 2 Visio creates a temporary stencil to hold the shapes it finds.

If you need more shapes than a template gives you, you can use the Search for Shapes box to search for them. For example, if you're working on a network diagram, you might want to use a larger arrow than the arrows in the template stencils.

To search for arrows, you would type "arrows" in the Search for Shapes box, and then press ENTER.

When you search for a shape, Visio creates a temporary stencil to hold the shapes it finds. In this example, that temporary stencil would have the name arrows. To use a shape, you would drag it from the arrows stencil onto your drawing.

Note     You can save your search results as a stencil. You'll see how in the practice for this lesson.

Search for Shapes searches the Visio stencils that are installed on your computer. If you have an Internet connection, Search for Shapes also searches the Microsoft Web sites for new and updated Visio shapes.

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