Select a template in Visio

Screenshot of a diagram created in Visio 2016.

This post will teach you how to select a template in Visio and also provides more Visio learning resources courtesy of Software Bytes. Visio makes it easier for you to visually communicate technical information from numerous data sources:

  • Rapidly design professional flow charts, timelines, process maps, organisational charts, IT architecture diagrams, floor plans, and more.
  • Make diagram data points current by linking diagram elements directly to data sources.
  • Use data graphics to walk you through complex information and boost its visualisation.
  • Check and share the most recent Visio diagrams from almost anywhere with Visio for the web.

Select a template

Visio features over 80 types of templates. You can even access some of the best templates on Featured Visio templates and diagrams.

  1. Start Visio. If you’re already in Visio, choose File > New.
  1. Click or search for a template:
  • Pick a template from the Office or Templates tab.
  • Search for online templates Start Searching button or choose one of the Suggested searches.

Note: The Software, Engineering and Database categories are only available in Visio 2016 or 2019 Professional, and Visio Plan 2.

  • Specify the units of measurement, if prompted.
  • Click Create.
Screenshot of six diagram thumbnails on the Flowchart category page.
Screenshot of the Vertical Flowchart screen displaying template and measurement unit options.

Quick Start

Select a template in Visio

Add and connect shapes


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Use Visio Viewer to view or print Visio drawings

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Change the page orientation to portrait or landscape in Visio


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Format text in a Visio drawing

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Snap to guides to lay out a drawing

Edit your drawing using the Drawing Explorer window

Change the drawing scale

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Copy pages and shapes in a Visio drawing

Add a header or footer in Visio 

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Add a page border or title

Change the ruler measurement units in Visio

Change grid spacing and size

Show, hide, or change the grid

Specify dimensions by using the Size & Position window

Show size or dimensions of shapes in Visio

Adjust snap strength or turn snap off

Draw lines and shapes with the Pencil, Line, Arc, or Freeform tools 

Measure the distance between two points



Create a shape

Edit a master shape

Format a shape in Visio

Shape basics: resize, format, move and add text to shapes 

Use the Shapes window to organize and find shapes

Use layers to set properties for multiple shapes


Find 3D shapes and stencils

Find more shapes and stencils

Create, save, and share custom stencils

Import downloaded stencils

Add a stencil to a template in Visio

Connect shapes

Edit connector lines, arrows, or points

Add connectors between shapes

Add or remove connector line jumps

Create a custom connector

Add and edit connector text

Glue or unglue connectors

Flip or reverse a shape

Rotate lines


Add data to shapes 

Add data sets to shapes

Importing data into Visio, an overview

Import data to shapes in your drawing

Data graphics, an overview 

How to use data bars

How to use icon sets 

How to use text callout data graphics



Use the Create Diagram from Data wizard

Create a wireframe diagram for user interfaces

Clarify the structure of diagrams by using containers and lists

Annotate a diagram by using callouts

Insert pictures into a Visio diagram

Zoom and pan in a diagram 

Build Visio diagrams using touch

Create subprocesses and reuse them in a process diagram

Validate a structured diagram

Align and position shapes in a diagram

Use a SharePoint process repository to store process diagrams

Save a diagram as a graphic or image file


Create a basic flowchart

Add swimlanes to a flowchart

Make a Visio flowchart to visualize a process

Create a cross-functional flowchart

Create a decision tree

Create BPMN-compliant processes

Create a value stream map

Create IDEF0 diagrams

Create an SDL diagram

Business charts

Create a brainstorming diagram

Create an EPC (Event-driven Process Chain) diagram

Create a fault tree analysis diagram

Create a line graph

Create a PivotDiagram

Create a marketing diagram

Create a Visio organisation chart

Create an organisation chart automatically from employee data

Create an organisation chart without external data

Create a TQM flowchart

Create a tree diagram

Create a Venn diagram

Network, Software, Database

Create a basic network diagram

Create a data flow diagram

Create a Database Model (also known as Entity Relationship diagram)

Define categories in a Database Model diagram

Create a cause and effect diagram

Create a Data Visualiser diagram

Create a Gane-Sarson data flow model diagram

Create a rack diagram

Generate a Web Site map

Create a UML activity diagram

Create a UML communication diagram

Create a UML component diagram

Create a UML deployment diagram

Create a UML sequence diagram

Create a UML use case diagram

Plan your Web site using the Conceptual Web Site diagram

Specify multiplicity on an UML shape

UML diagrams in Visio

Building plans and maps

Create a floor plan

Create a home plan

Create an HVAC plan

Create an electrical engineering diagram

Create an electric and telecom plan

Create a map in Visio

Create an office layout diagram

Create a reflected ceiling plan

Create a plant layout

Create a plumbing and piping plan

Create a pneumatic or hydraulic control system diagram

Create a site plan

Create a space plan

Create a security and access plan

Introduction to working with AutoCAD drawings

Open an AutoCAD drawing

Crop an AutoCAD drawing

Unlock an AutoCAD drawing

Import an AutoCAD drawing

Convert multiple AutoCAD drawings

Change the line color or line weight of a CAD layer

Save a Visio diagram as an AutoCAD file

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