Centre for Continuing Education

Microsoft Visio Course

Microsoft Visio. Create professional diagrams to simplify complex information.

Learn Microsoft Visio the smart way with Microsoft Visio courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This Microsoft Visio course will provide the skills and knowledge sufficient to create real-world drawings using shapes, stencil connectors, pages, formatting options, grids, styles, and the printing features of Microsoft Visio.


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

  1. Start Microsoft Visio.
  2. Work with shapes.
  3. Work with text.
  4. Connect shapes using connector lines.
  5. Work with page tools.
  6. Change the size and position of shapes.
  7. Apply a range of formats to shapes.
  8. Work with multiple page drawings.
  9. Use themes and styles to apply and store formatting attributes.
  10. Use print preview and print drawings.


This Microsoft Visio training course covers the following topics:

Visio essentials

  • Starting Microsoft Visio
  • Creating a blank drawing from a template
  • The Microsoft Visio screen
  • The menu bar
  • Using menu commands
  • Using keyboard shortcuts
  • Using the toolbars
  • Screentips
  • Opening stencils
  • Working with stencils
  • Saving a new drawing
  • Exiting from Visio


  • Placing shapes from stencils
  • Stamping shapes
  • Selecting shapes
  • Moving shapes
  • Duplicating shapes
  • Aligning shapes
  • Distributing shapes
  • Grouping shapes

Working with text

  • Adding text to shapes
  • Formatting text in shapes
  • Selecting and editing text
  • Creating a heading
  • Creating a text block
  • Aligning text
  • Spell checking text

Getting connected

  • Connecting shapes
  • Connecting shapes manually
  • Connecting shapes automatically
  • Connecting selected shapes
  • Adding text to connector lines
  • Changing connector line direction
  • Manipulating connector lines
  • Formatting connector lines

Page Tools

  • Understanding page tools
  • Zooming
  • The pan & 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
  • The drawing explorer

Size and position

  • Resizing shapes manually
  • Resizing shapes precisely
  • Changing shape proportions
  • Using snap and glue
  • Positioning a shape precisely
  • Rotating shapes precisely
  • Free rotating
  • Flipping shapes
  • Changing the order of shapes

Formatting shapes

  • Formatting using the menu
  • Formatting using the toolbars
  • Using the format painter
  • Adding shadows to shapes
  • Protecting shapes

Working with pages

  • Naming pages
  • Inserting pages
  • Navigating through pages
  • Changing page order
  • Page orientation
  • Rotating pages
  • Setting a background
  • Centering content on a page
  • Deleting pages

Themes and styles

  • Understanding themes
  • Applying a theme
  • Creating a custom theme
  • Deleting a custom theme
  • Understanding styles
  • Redefining existing styles
  • Modifying the connector style
  • Defining a new style
  • Applying a style
  • Basing one style on another style
  • Partial styles
  • Deleting styles


  • Using print preview
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Print setup options
  • Printing options
  • Changing page size

Intended Audience

This Microsoft Visio training course is designed for people who need to know how to create a range of diagrams and drawings such as flowcharts, business diagrams, office floor plans, organisation charts, and the like.

You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system such as navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening files, saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending Basic Computer Skills Course and Effective Internet Use before attempting this course.

Delivery Style

This course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based training course. You will have dedicated access to a computer, so you can follow instructor training and work through in-class activities.

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • The presenter was fantastic with passion and enthusiasm for the subject which made the course so enjoyable. Explained everything brilliantly. I learned so much – even extra tips re Word, Excel etc. An excellent teacher!

  • Our tutor made the class very interesting and engaging. Time flew by very quickly!

  • The teacher was an excellent educator. A very worthwhile course.

  • We had a great tutor – engaging and very patient with students who needed extra help. Went at a good pace and made the subject very interesting.

  • The presenter was an excellent tutor and the course was well paced and very informative.

  • This is the best computer course I have ever done. An excellent tutor.

  • The presenter was excellent and the course material went deep enough to give the skills and yet broad enough to cover the main functions of Visio. Highly recommended.

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What others say.

  • A very rewarding day that has increased my confidence in applying Visio within the work environment. Excellent delivery by our tutor who ensured a high level of engagement with the class, while practical exercises reinforced key principles and application of software tools.