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Windows 7 is here, and it makes it easier to find and work with your favorite
applications. This post details the work we did in Visio 2010 to take advantage
of new Windows 7 features, to make working with Visio documents even easier.
The new Windows 7 taskbar presents a unified interface for launching and
switching between applications and documents within them. With Windows 7 and
Visio 2010, it is now easier to work with multiple Visio documents at the same
We received lots of feedback on the Technical Preview asking for the ability to
preview open Visio documents as multiple taskbar items. We listened, and now in
the Visio 2010 Beta you can see previews of each Visio document directly from
the taskbar, similar to Word and PowerPoint:
By clicking on a thumbnail, you can switch directly to a specific Visio
document. If you hover over a thumbnail, Windows shows you a full-size preview
of what that window looks like, through a feature called Aero Peek. With Visio
2010 and Windows 7, working with multiple documents at the same time is simple.
For more on the Windows 7 task bar, see
this blog post on the Engineering Windows 7 Blog.
Another common request we receive is to enable Visio documents to be edited on
separate monitors, similar to Word and PowerPoint. While Visio still displays
multiple documents in the same application window, there is a workaround to
enable dual display support: launch two instances of Visio.
You can do this in Windows 7 by launching Visio, and then right clicking the
Visio icon and clicking on the “Microsoft Visio 2010” item. This will launch a
second instance of Visio.
Now that you have two instances running, move one instance of Visio to your
second monitor. You can then open two separate files in two separate windows.
Even though you’re running two instances of Visio, they are both represented by
the same icon in the Windows 7 taskbar, so it’s easy to switch between
If you have a touch-enabled device, Windows 7 allows you to interact with your
PC with your fingers. This feature, called Windows Touch, brings a set of
gestures to the operating system that can be used in the OS and several
We’ve integrated support for several Windows Touch gestures in Visio 2010:
The above scenarios work directly on the drawing surface, and in full screen
mode! Check out the video below to see multi touch in action! (Note: there
is no audio).
As seen in the video, we have also integrated the same touch support in the Visio Viewer and in Outlook 2010 preview mode. If you receive a Visio diagram as an attachment, you can use these touch gestures to navigate the diagram directly in Outlook 2010. Click here for more information about Windows Touch
As usual, feel free to drop us a comment on the blog or use the Send a Smile feature in the Visio 2010 Beta to let us know what you think.