This course is designed for individuals interested in learning the skills necessary to create complex graphics and illustrations (such as floor plans, custom maps, and scientific illustrations) in Microsoft® Office Visio® 2013 that may be linked to external data sources and may be inserted into other Microsoft Office files.


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

  • Enhance the look of drawings.
  • Create shapes, stencils and templates.
  • Connect drawings to external data.
  • Create macros.
  • Share drawings.

To ensure your success, we recommend you first take the following courses or have equivalent knowledge:

  • Microsoft® Windows® experience.
  • Microsoft® Office Visio® 2013 Beginning.
Suggested Class SizeMinimum 3
Maximum 12
Course LengthFull day
Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Enhancing the Look of Drawings

Topic A: Create a Microsoft Account and Sign in to Visio

Topic B: Work with Shape Styles

Topic C: Use 3D Shapes

Topic D: Apply Backgrounds, Borders, and Titles

Topic E: Define Shape Styles


Lesson 2: Creating Shapes, Stencils, and Templates

Topic A: Create Simple Custom Shapes

Topic B: Create Custom Stencils

Topic C: Create Custom Templates


Lesson 3: Connecting Drawings to External Data

Topic A: Make an Organization Chart from an Excel Spreadsheet

Topic B: Generate a Pivot Diagram from an Excel Spreadsheet

Topic C: Create a Gantt Chart from a Project File

Topic D: Create a Timeline from a Project File

Topic E: Connect a Map to an Access Database


Lesson 4: Leveraging Development Tools

Topic A: Create Macros

Topic B: Modify ShapeSheets

Topic C: Build Advanced Shapes


Lesson 5: Sharing Drawings

Topic A: Save and Share Drawings with OneDrive

Topic B: Review Drawings

Topic C: Insert Drawings into Other Office Files

Topic D: Export Drawings