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how to change the default units in visio 2007

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I actually have three questions, but they are very simple, so hopefully you'll help me out on all three.

Question 1:
My default units in visio are mm, I want to change it to standard.  I have installed both english US & english Canada, I have changed English US to the default language in control panel, I have also changed the language in the MS Office language settings to have only English US in the editing languages.  I then rebooted my computer just to be on the safe side. Everything is still in mm

Question 2:

In visio there is supposed to be a tool that will allow me to draw a line between two points and it will indicate the distance between the two points.  I can't find this option.  

Question 3:

What is the best method/location to learn about this program so I don't have to pepper you folks with simple questions like these?  I am on a tight deadline and can't afford the time to figure this out right now.  After this project is finished, then I can spend some time getting to know this program.  

Thanking you in advance for your help.
Glen
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1) Units in Visio are a function of the document not of Visio itself. To be even more correct, they are a function of each page -- you can have some pages in inches and other pages in millimeters within the same document. You may have noticed that many of the Microsoft-provided templates come in two flavors, e.g., in the Flowchart folder you'll find:
  •     Basic Flowchart (Metric)
  • Basic Flowchart (US Units)
If you open a template that is metric but you want the pages in inches, select File/Page Setup..., click on the Page Properties tab, then use the dropdown for Measurement Units to change to inches. As noted above, if the document already has more than one page, you will need to change each one separately.

2) Some stencils come preloaded with dimensioning shapes, e.g., File New/Maps and Floor Plans/Floor Plan (US Units). One stencil in this template is called Walls, Shell and Structure and it contains one- and two-dimensional shapes that show measurements.

NOTE: many of the shapes have right-click options that allow you to turn the measurements on/off; display them in different formats or with different units. You should experiment with these right-click options because some of the shapes are pretty smart.

There's also a stencil in this template called Dimensioning - Architectural that lets you superimpose dimensioning shapes on top of other shapes.

Finally, there's a stencil called Drawing Tool Shapes that several variations on a carpenter's tape measure.

You can open any of these stencils in any drawing -- just select File/Shapes and look in various folders. Be sure to check Visio Extras for a variety of miscellany.

3) Microsoft has some pretty decent online demos and tutorials for Visio. Start at the Visio home page
and click the links on the left of the page for
  • Visio 2007 Help
  • Visio 2007 Training
  • Visio 2007 Demos
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excellent!  Thank you!
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