Microsoft Visio: Level 2

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About this Course

You will create custom elements and a custom template, represent external data as a drawing, and share your work with others.

Audience Profile

This course is designed for a person who has an understanding of the basic workflow and the concept of end-to-end flowcharting.

At Course Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • create a custom shape.
  • design a custom stencil.
  • design styles and templates.
  • design a floor plan.
  • represent external data in Visio.
  • share your work.


To ensure your success, it is recommended that you take the following Element K course: Microsoft® Visio® 2010: Level 1.

Course-Specific Technical Requirements

Hardware Requirements

For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware components:

  • Intel® Pentium® 1 GHz or higher processor.
  • 512 MB of RAM or more.
  • 10 GB of available hard disk space or more.
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
  • Keyboard and mouse or other pointing device.
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor is recommended.
  • Network cards and cabling for local network access.
  • Printer (optional) or an installed printer driver.
  • Projection system to display the instructor’s computer screen.
  • Internet access (contact your local network administrator).

Software Requirements

Each computer requires the following software:

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft® Visio® 2010 Premium Edition

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Creating a Custom Shape

  • Topic 1A: Draw Basic Shapes
  • Topic 1B: Enhance Basic Shapes

Lesson 2: Designing a Custom Stencil

  • Topic 2A: Create a Custom Stencil
  • Topic 2B: Customize a Stencil Master

Lesson 3: Designing Styles and Templates

  • Topic 3A: Define a New Style
  • Topic 3B: Create a Template

Lesson 4: Designing a Floor Plan

  • Topic 4A: Create an Office Layout
  • Topic 4B: Work with Layers

Lesson 5: Representing External Data in Visio

  • Topic 5A: Generate a PivotDiagram
  • Topic 5B: Create an Organization Chart from External Data
  • Topic 5C: Import Project Plan Data into Visio
  • Topic 5D: Link to a Database
  • Topic 5E: Import Excel Data

Lesson 6: Sharing Your Drawings

  • Topic 6A: Link a Visio Drawing to Other Applications
  • Topic 6B: Convert a Visio Drawing to Other File Formats
  • Topic 6C: Print a Visio Drawing