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It's easy to create beautiful, professional diagrams in Visio, but what if you need to print your drawings to review during a meeting or display as a poster? The new Visio provides a cleaner, quicker, and more streamlined printing experience. Along with the same easy-to-use print tab in the backstage view that made its debut in other Office applications in Office 2010, Visio now lets you print in the background so you can continue working while your diagram is printing. All this means fewer trips to the printer, less wasted paper, less time waiting, and more time doing what you love doing--creating awesome diagrams in Visio!
In the new Visio we have improved the printing experience by consolidating the settings and the preview in the backstage view. This simplifies printing, and in fewer clicks you can make changes to settings and see a live print preview.
The Print tab is divided into two panes, the settings pane on the left and the preview pane on the right. The printing experience is streamlined and simple--it lets you get to the most common actions more quickly, while retaining all of the printing power of Visio that you are used to.
The settings pane on the left of the print pane allows you to print using the smart defaults, or quickly customize and set various printer settings before you print. The pane shows various galleries that include the current settings and options to modify them. These are printer settings you are probably familiar with, streamlined into a simpler interface. You can click on the big Print button to print your diagram if you are happy with the preview and with all your settings.
The Print Preview pane is new to Visio, and we have already heard from early customers that they love the new experience. Here is the sample preview, with the Paper Size set to Envelope and the Orientation set to Portrait.
In the Print Preview pane, you can:
While the Print tab in the backstage view in the new Visio is all about the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) printing experience, the second big change in printing in the new Visio is all about giving you back time. Like its other Office counterparts, the new Visio now supports background printing - in fact it is the default.
So, you can now hit Print, and you will be brought back to your drawing canvas while your print-out is sent to the printer.
A few details on the printing in background experience:
In the new Visio, you can customize your most important print settings quickly, see these changes in real-time in the preview window, and then fire off that print-out and immediately get back to your work.
Take the new Visio printing experience out for a spin and write to us with any questions, comments or feedback!
Over the last few months, we’ve been posting about the new Visio – discussing features in depth and introducing the editions that will be available. Before we get started on a new series of posts, we thought it would be helpful to summarize