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Visio 2010 Live Preview for Layout – Cool, Smooth Animations

re-layout-buttonThe hot-off-the-press Visio 2010 Technical Preview is in my hands, and contains a lot of new features.

One that really catches your eye is the Live Preview for Layout.

Not only does Visio 2010 let you preview how the layout for your flowchart or other connected diagram will look, but it also animates the transformation from old layout to new.

It is a lot easier to understand what I’m talking about by watching the video, but here are a few illustrations to help you out if you’re on low-bandwidth or pressed for time.

If you have a flowchart or network diagram, or other connected diagram, you might need to change the layout orientation and style from time to time.

In Visio 2010, you do this view the Design tab on the (brand-spankin’) new Ribbon. Way over on the right is the Re-Layout Page button, as you can see here:

re-layout-menu

As you mouse over the various layout icons, Visio will show you a live preview of how your diagram will look using the layout style that is under your mouse:

live-preiview-layout

If you don’t see the layout option you want in the menu, notice that the More Layout Options… button is at the bottom of the menu to let you tweak to your heart’s desire.

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