Microsoft Visio Course

Microsoft Visio Course

Microsoft Visio short courses in Sydney, open to everyone.

Learn to create advanced diagrams, made easy with our Microsoft Visio courses in Sydney.

Microsoft Visio creates flowcharts, network diagrams, org charts, floor plans, engineering designs, and more using modern shapes and templates. Learn Microsoft Visio with our Microsoft Visio courses in Sydney - short courses open to everyone.

This Microsoft Visio course aims to give you a thorough understanding of the use of Microsoft Visio. The skills and knowledge acquired in this Microsoft Visio course are sufficient to be able to create real-world drawings using the many shapes, stencils and templates provided with the software.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this Microsoft Visio course you should be able to:

  1. Work with the basic features of Visio.
  2. Open, create and work with stencils.
  3. Work with shapes.
  4. Format shapes.
  5. Join shapes using connectors.
  6. Create and modify containers.
  7. Work with text.
  8. Create and work with pages in a drawing.
  9. Work with page tools.
  10. Apply, modify and work with themes.
  11. Add and work with comments and understand co-authoring.
  12. Print, email and export drawings.
  13. Create simple organisational charts.
  14. Work with organisation chart data.
  15. Create and modify calendars.
  16. Create and work with Gantt charts.
  17. Create and work with cross functional flowcharts.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this Microsoft Visio course:

Getting to Know Microsoft Visio

  • Starting Visio in Windows.
  • Understanding the Start Screen.
  • Creating a New Drawing From a Template.
  • The Visio Screen.
  • How Microsoft Visio Works.
  • Using the Ribbon.
  • Minimising the Ribbon.
  • Understanding the Backstage View.
  • Accessing the Backstage View.
  • Using Shortcut Menus.
  • Understanding Dialog Boxes.
  • Launching Dialog Boxes.
  • Understanding the Quick Access Toolbar.
  • Adding Commands to the QAT.
  • Understanding the Status Bar.
  • Customising the Status Bar.
  • Saving a New Drawing.
  • Exiting Safely From Visio.

Working With Stencils in Microsoft Visio

  • Understanding Stencils.
  • The Shapes Window.
  • Quick Shapes.
  • Using Quick Shapes.
  • Creating a Custom Stencil.
  • Opening a Stencil.
  • Editing a Stencil.
  • Closing a Stencil.

Working With Shapes in Microsoft Visio

  • Placing Shapes From a Stencil.
  • Selecting Shapes.
  • Resizing Shapes.
  • Moving Shapes.
  • Copying Cutting and Pasting Shapes.
  • Duplicating Shapes.
  • Rotating and Flipping Shapes.
  • Ordering Shapes.
  • Merging Shapes to Create New Shapes.
  • Grouping and Ungrouping Shapes.
  • Aligning Shapes.
  • Aligning Shapes Using the Dynamic Grid.
  • Distributing Shapes.
  • Changing Shapes.
  • Using Snap and Glue.

Formatting Shapes in Microsoft Visio

  • Applying Quick Styles.
  • Formatting the Fill.
  • Formatting Lines.
  • Applying Effects.
  • Using the Format Painter.
  • Using Undo and Redo.
  • Protecting Shapes.

Working With Connectors in Microsoft Visio

  • Connecting Shapes Automatically.
  • Adding Connected Shapes.
  • Connecting Existing Shapes.
  • Inserting and Deleting Shapes.
  • Adding Text to Connectors.
  • Changing Connectors.
  • Working With Connection Points.
  • Formatting Connectors.

Microsoft Visio Containers

  • Adding Containers.
  • Adding Shapes to a Container.
  • Formatting Containers.
  • Deleting Containers.

Working With Text in Microsoft Visio

  • Adding Text to Shapes.
  • Formatting Text.
  • Adding Text to the Page.
  • Editing Text.
  • Using Find and Replace.
  • Aligning Text.
  • Moving Text.
  • Creating Bulleted Lists.
  • Creating Tables.
  • Spell Checking Text.

Working With Microsoft Visio Pages

  • Inserting Pages.
  • Naming Pages.
  • Duplicating Pages.
  • Changing Page Order.
  • Deleting Pages.
  • Applying a Background Style.
  • Adding Headers and Footers.
  • Inserting a Logo.
  • Assigning a Background Page to Other Pages.
  • Page Size and Orientation.

Microsoft Visio Page Tools

  • Understanding Page Tools.
  • Zooming.
  • Panning.
  • Using the Pan and Zoom Window.
  • Displaying Grids and Rulers.
  • Changing Grids and Rulers.
  • Setting Guides and Guide Points.
  • Using Guides and Guide Points.
  • Working With Rulers.
  • Changing the Scale.

Microsoft Visio Themes

  • Understanding Themes.
  • Applying a Theme.
  • Applying a Theme Variant.
  • Highlighting Shapes With Quick Styles.
  • Embellishing Shapes.
  • Creating a Custom Theme.
  • Creating Custom Theme Colours.

Working Collaboratively using Microsoft Visio

  • Adding Comments.
  • Working With Comments.
  • Using the Comments Pane.
  • Commenting With Ink.
  • Coauthoring Drawings.
  • Saving to OneDrive.
  • Sharing Drawings.
  • Opening Shared Drawings.

Outputting Drawings from Microsoft Visio

  • Using Print Preview.
  • Fitting a Drawing to Printer Pages.
  • Printing a Drawing.
  • Emailing Drawings.

Organisation Charts using Microsoft Visio

  • Creating an Organisation Chart From Scratch.
  • Adding Multiple Shapes.
  • Changing a Position Type.
  • Changing the Layout of Shapes.
  • Changing the Spacing of Shapes.
  • Creating a Team.
  • Changing the Order of Shapes.
  • Adding a Title.
  • Inserting Pictures.
  • Formatting an Organisation Chart.
  • Adding Shape Data.
  • Creating Shape Data Fields.
  • Creating a Custom Shape and Stencil.
  • Creating Master Shape Data Fields.

Organisation Chart Data

  • Creating an Org Chart From Employee Data.
  • Creating an Org Chart From a New Data File.
  • Adding Employee Data.
  • Exporting Data.
  • Comparing Versions.
  • Creating Synchronised Copies.
  • Synchronising Subordinates.

Calendars using Microsoft Visio

  • Creating a Calendar.
  • Adding Appointments to a Calendar.
  • Adding a Multiday Event to a Calendar.
  • Adding Text to a Calendar.
  • Adding Art to a Calendar.
  • Adding a Thumbnail Month.
  • Formatting Calendars.

Gantt Charts using Microsoft Visio

  • Understanding Gantt Charts.
  • Understanding Gantt Chart Options.
  • Creating a Gantt Chart.
  • Entering Task Details.
  • Creating Subtasks.
  • Linking and Unlinking Tasks.
  • Adding and Deleting Tasks.
  • Adding Milestones.
  • Adding and Hiding Columns.
  • Navigating a Gantt Chart.
  • Formatting Task Bars.
  • Managing the Timescale.
  • Exporting From a Gantt Chart.
  • Importing Data Into a Gantt Chart.
  • Printing Gantt Charts.

Cross Functional Flowcharts using Microsoft Visio

  • Understanding Cross Functional Flowcharts.
  • Creating a Cross Functional Flowchart.
  • Adding Swimlanes.
  • Adding Swimlane Labels.
  • Adding Phases.
  • Adding Shapes.
  • Adjusting Swimlanes and Phases.
  • Formatting Cross Functional Charts.

Intended Audience

Providing comprehensive and thorough coverage of using Microsoft Visio, this Visio course is ideal for new or existing users seeking to learn Visio tasks outlined in the course content.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft Visio course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based course in a Microsoft Windows environment. You’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples.

Course Prerequisites

This Microsoft Visio course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft Visio. You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system. This includes navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening and saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending the Basic Computer Skills Course before attempting this course.

About your instructor

Paul Neale

Paul Neale

Paul Neale has had vast experience teaching all Microsoft Office applications from basic to advanced levels. His qualifications include Microsoft Certified Professional, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, and Cert IV Small Business Management. He is an experienced Project Management and Team Leader. He is also an IT trouble-shooter, experienced in hardware assembly, network design, back-office apps and helpdesk support.


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