How to Drawing floor plans using Microsoft Visio

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Microsoft Visio is an amazing tool to have and it can be pretty simple to work with once you get the hang of it. Unfortunately, you may feel a little confused when you’re starting, so throughout this guide we will show you how to draw floor plans in Microsoft Visio in a simple and concise way, bear with us.


Step One: Microsoft Visio Setup

After you install Microsoft Visio and perform the software’s setup process, you have to setup the file you want to be working on – throughout this tutorial we will assume you want to draw floor plans.

To begin, simply launch the Microsoft Vision executable file and wait for it to finish processing. After you’re all clear, locate the menu button labeled “Template Categories” and make the following selection: “Maps and Floor Plans”.

“Maps and Floor Plans” is the folder you’ll want to select in order to be able to proceed towards the next step of this Microsoft Visio guide.

Step Two: Microsoft Visio and Floor Plans

Now, the second step is pretty simple to follow as well – just know that you should see the “Floor Plans” template around the middle of the screen, more on the top row side, click it. After you click the “Floor Plans” you’ll notice that it will become highlighted in an orange hue.

Now, you’ll want to move the mouse towards your right side and search for the button that says “Create”. Do it and proceed towards the next step.

Step Three: Exploring some of Microsoft Visio’s Features

After you’ve done these pretty simple and practical steps, it is time to explore for a bit. You’ll have to explore the program’s functionalities sooner or later, and if you want to create some floor plans, than there is a feature you’ll want to dominate.

Access the column “Shapes”. You’ll see that in this column there are many different tabs, each represents a possible shape, click all of them to see what shapes are possible to create using Visio.

Step Four: Time to Work on Rooms!

Now it is time to get your hands dirty and do some real work. Select the “Walls, Shell and Structure” tab and click on the “Room” shape, dragging it to the grid that appears on your right side. After you have successfully completed this step, expand it to fill the grid, pushing on the boxes outside the shape. Notice that while you hold down the mouse, you’ll reshape the room.

Just add more rooms if you need them, as many floors actually do. Explore this feature and increase your proficiency with practice.

Step Five: New Elements in Microsoft Visio

When you are happy with the room creation in step four, get to choose some “Points of Interest”, “Building Core” and “Walls, Shell, and Structure” from the appropriate tabs – feel free to play with these menus a bit. When you added enough elements of these families, proceed towards the final step of this Microsoft Visio floor creation guide.

Step Six: Adding Text, Finishing and Troubleshooting

If you want to add text, then the procedure is really simple – just click on the “a” button that sits on top of the screen and click twice on the spot you wish to write at. Adjust the text and finish the work.

If you come across any particular troubles, look at the top of the screen again – right where you clicked the “A” button in order to insert text – you’ll see that on the left of the “a” button there’s the “Help” button.

Click it and browse for your problem.

Alternatively there are a lot of resources on the web that can assist you setting things up if you feel you are kind of stuck.

We hope that this small Microsoft Visio guide has been of assistance and that you can now create and draw floor plans in a satisfactory way.

To learn how to use MS Visio to create floor plans and other flow charts considering attending one of our class.

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