Open, insert, convert, and save DWG and DXF drawings

Visio can open drawings that were created as .dwg and .dxf files, which are popular formats used by applications such as AutoCAD.

What do you want to do?


Open a DWG or DXF file

  1. Click the File tab.
  1. Click Open.
  2. In the Files of type list, click AutoCAD Drawing (*.dwg; *.dxf).
  3. Browse to the file and click Open.

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Insert a DWG or DXF file into an existing Visio diagram

  1. On the Insert tab, click CAD Drawing.
  2. Browse to the file and click Open.

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Convert DWG and DXF objects into Visio shapes

  1. Right-click the object.
  2. Point to CAD Drawing Object.
  3. Click Convert.

You can convert CAD objects on individual layers into Visio shapes, and then modify or delete the Visio shapes. For example, you might want to move an interior wall in a CAD floor plan that you have converted.

When you convert a drawing in DWG or DXF format, you convert the last saved spatial view of the CAD drawing. A CAD drawing may have been saved in model space or paper space:

  • Model space     is the primary drawing workspace in which CAD drafters create drawings.
  • Paper space     is a workspace that is analogous to a sheet of paper, in which CAD drafters can arrange different views of the drawing.

When you convert a drawing saved in model space, all objects and text on the layers you select are converted into Visio shapes. When you convert a drawing saved in paper space, only the objects that are not cut off (clipped) by the edge of the viewport are converted into Visio shapes. Objects and text that are cut off are converted into lines.

A circle that is completely enclosed by a viewport is converted into a Visio circle shape. A circle that is clipped by the viewport is converted into a series of lines.

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Save a diagram as a DWG or DXF file

  1. Click the File tab.
  1. Click Save As.
  2. In the Save as type list, click the file type you want:
    • AutoCAD Drawing (*.dwg)
    • AutoCAD Interchange (*.dxf)

If your Visio file has more than one drawing page, you must save each page separately.

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Applies to:
Visio 2010