MSFT_VIS_2016L2: Microsoft Visio 2016 Level 2

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About this Course

Microsoft Visio 2016 Level 2 builds on the concepts and skills taught in Visio Level 1. In this course students will learn how to work with layers, create custom themes, stencils and templates, and create business and project management diagrams. They will also learn how to integrate Visio with other Office programs, create software and database diagrams, and present diagrams both in Visio and in a web browser.

Audience Profile

​This course is intended for individuals who already have a solid working knowledge of Visio 2016 and want to further their skills in creating technical and business diagrams, and integrating Visio with other Office applications.

At Course Completion

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

  • Create, assign and customize layers
  • Use themes to quickly format charts and diagrams
  • Create complex shapes, apply behaviors to shapes, protect shapes, and create custom shapes and stencils
  • Create block diagrams, flowcharts, organization charts and project management diagrams
  • Generate a Web site map
  • Integrate Visio drawings with other Office programs
  • Create program user interface prototypes and system diagrams
  • Create database model diagrams
  • Use Presentation Mode to convert diagrams to HTML pages for viewing in Web browsers


Lesson 1: Technical Layouts

  • Working with layers
  • Using the Layer Properties dialog box
  • Creating and assigning a layer
  • Customizing layers and shapes
  • Modifying layer properties and assignments
  • Using and changing the drawing scale
  • Adding and adjusting shapes
  • Setting shape properties
  • Using precision techniques
  • Duplicating shapes
  • Displaying and adjusting shape dimensions
  • Calculating and displaying the area of a room

Lesson 2: Custom Themes and Templates

  • Applying themes, effects and backgrounds
  • Customizing and applying theme colors
  • Creating your own templates
  • Creating a drawing based on a custom template

Lesson 3: Custom Shapes and Stencils

  • Using special drawing Operations to create complex and industry specific shapes
  • Setting shape behaviors
  • Applying a double-click behavior
  • Protecting aspects of a shape from modifications
  • Creating custom stencils
  • Modifying a shape using a ShapeSheet
  • Applying a custom default action to a shape
  • Adding and customizing shapes to a stencil

Lesson 4: Business Diagrams and Web Site Mapping

  • Creating block, tree and onion diagrams
  • Creating flow charts including workflow diagrams, cross-functional diagrams, data-flow diagrams and cause-and-effect-diagrams
  • Creating organization charts
  • Creating an organization chart by importing data
  • Creating project management diagrams
  • Creating a PERT chart
  • Creating a Gantt chart
  • Creating Web site maps
  • Generating a site map report

Lesson 5: Integrating Visio with Other Applications

  • Embedding a Visio drawing in a Word document
  • Creating a link by using the Paste Special command
  • Using drag-and-drop between applications
  • Inserting a Visio drawing in a PowerPoint presentation
  • Linking a presentation to a Visio drawing
  • Integrating Visio with Outlook
  • Creating and importing calendars
  • Working with Web-enabling features
  • Converting a drawing to a Web page

Lesson 6: Software and Database Diagrams

  • Documenting software systems
  • Using the Wireframe Diagram template
  • Using the Enterprise Application template
  • Drawing a system diagram
  • Creating a database model diagram

Lesson 7: Presenting Diagrams in Visio and HTML

  • Setup diagrams for Presentation Mode
  • Adding hyperlink navigation
  • Adding double-click to navigate pages
  • Sharing diagrams using a browser
  • Converting a diagram to a web page


​To be successful in this course, students should have completed Visio Level 1 or possess equivalent knowledge. Students should also have a solid understanding of the Windows operating system, including how to launch an application and create and save files.