Using Layers in a Visio Flowchart

Adding layers in a visio flowchart

We explore the versatility that Layers can provide in Visio 2007 by adding layers in a Visio flowchart. In the last tutorial we looked at layers in Visio and how they extend the use of a drawing, but this time we examine how layers in Visio can make a very substantial difference to how the drawing can be used.

[br]Adding layers in a Visio flowchart, however, expands the functionality of Visio enormously by giving the option of hiding a portion of the flowchart at a particular time or by adding colour to the shapes and connectors on a layer for added definition.

Diagrams using layers in a Visio flowchart can be used to:

  • Segregate the phases in a process
  • Illustrate the options available in a series
  • Hide components irrelevant to a certain audience
  • Conceal sensitive information
  • Adapt the same diagram to suit a variety of purposes

Filtering the Layers in a Visio flowchart

When you have added shapes to individual layers in a Visio flowchart, you can start to restrict the parts people can see by filtering the diagram.  By opening the Layer Properties dialog box and unchecking the “visible” property for any layers you don’t want people to see you can make the same drawing fit any number of scenarios and use it for different audiences.

TIP: The ability to use layers in a Visio flowchart is in addition to adding additional pages to a diagram, making the resulting diagram extremely flexible.

[br]Being able to add layers in a Visio flowchart is another area in which Visio scores over the competition and one very often used by experienced users. You can watch another tutorial on adding layers to a Visio flowchart on our YouTube channel.

Using layers in a Visio flowchart