In this, the first of two tutorial in this series, we create a Block Diagram using a plan for a Conference Hall as an example. This is a very common use for Microsoft Visio as it is relatively easy to create and can be used for any plan view of a space e.g. a car park or other public area.
All the shape in Microsoft Visio behave in one of two ways; they are either one or two dimensional. Text can be added to any shape in a Visio block diagram by right clicking and typing; the shape will enter text edit mode automatically and the view will be enlarged allowing you to better see the contents.
A Block Diagram is simple and effective
In this tutorial we cover some techniques for turning on and off Visio features, adding a fill pattern to a shape and overlapping shapes using the stacking order for alignment. In this example we insert shapes to represent tables in the conference hall, and as they will be used for exhibitors we’d demonstrate the automatic Shape Numbering features in Visio and add text labels to the diagram via a text box.
Anyone can create a block diagram in Visio
As it is so easy to use, Visio is the perfect tool for any member of staff to use when creating a block diagram for almost any purpose. Every Block Diagram template sets up the same basic environment, so you can use Block Diagram templates almost interchangeably. Each stencil within the Block Diagram family offers some specialized shapes to address specific diagramming needs. By understanding the shapes available on each stencil, you can open the stencils as you need them, regardless of the Block Diagram template you start with.
Read our Visio Block Diagram article here.