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What is Visio?

Visio is a full-featured diagramming tool that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. It fills the gap between PowerPoint and full-blown CAD packages, allowing straightforward creation of organisation, flowchart, room layout diagrams, and technical drawings like network and electrical schematics.

Visio doesn't replace PowerPoint; PowerPoint is straightforward to use for presentation graphics where simplicity is important. Visio is better at more complicated diagrams which need to be altered frequently, like organisation charts.

As a rule of thumb, if PowerPoint produces what you need, carry on using it. If you're frustrated with PowerPoint's abilities, you should try Visio.

Accessing Visio

The IT Services Managed Windows 7 Desktop comes with Office 2010 already installed. This also has Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 included. Visio can be found on the Start menu. Please refer to the Software guide for more information.

Visio can also be downloaded by staff for unmanaged machines from IT Services Software Download Pages.

Help and training

For a quick look at what's possible with Visio after you have installed it, run it by clicking the 'Run Visio...' icon, click File>New> and browse through the samples.

As usual, extensive online help is available within the application itself, on Microsoft's Visio website and on the Office 2010 Training website.