The Edraw interface has a similar look and feel to that of Microsoft Office 2010 programs. This makes it easy to locate features and easier for you to use Edraw with Microsoft Office programs, such as Microsoft Word PowerPoint. After you have installed Edraw, simply open it as you would any other Windows program. The following illustration shows the default Edraw window.
If you don't get the above screen, please click File menu in the Top-Left corner.
To familiarize yourself with the many Edraw templates available, click a Template Category and hover your mouse over the Template pictures. Edraw will display a short description of the selected template in the lower-left corner of the window. To begin working with a template, simply position your pointer over the corresponding graphic and double click.
The first step in creating any diagram is to choose your template. The template is your starting point - it provides you with the drawing tools (e.g., shapes, arrows, titles, and backgrounds) that you can use to create your diagram.
Edraw allows you to create new diagrams from the built-in examples. Every basic drawing type includes some classic examples. You can use the symbols or style free and start your work.
After you open a template, you'll see the drawing environment, which includes menu category, template with shapes, drawing page, and a help pane on the right of the drawing page (F1).
You can create your drawing on the drawing page, which represents the printed page and includes a grid to help position shapes. Edraw menus are similar to those in Microsoft Office 2010 System programs, so you'll find familiar ways to open, print, and save your diagrams.
Firstly you can drag the shapes (process, decision, data shapes) and text to the shapes. Then you add the connecting lines between the shapes. Next you may want to add free form text to the diagram, such as a title or comments.
Add shapes to your diagram by dragging (hold down the left mouse button and move your mouse) shapes from templates in the Libraries window onto the drawing page. Don't worry too much about lining the shapes up. Edraw helps you line up the shapes by "snapping" them to the Drawing Page grid. Please note that the grid shown on the drawing page does not print out when you print the diagram.
Deleting shapes is easy. Just click the shape and then press the DELETE key.
Move a shape
Click the Pointer tool , and then point to a shape. (The pointer changes to a four-headed arrow .) When the shape is selected, its selection handles appear.
Drag the shape to where you want it.
If snapping (snap: The ability of shapes, guides, grid lines, and other elements in the Edraw program to pull shapes and other elements into position when they are moved and sized.) is on, the shape may jump into place.
Note Be careful not to point to a selection handle when you move a shape. If you accidentally resize a shape, immediately click Undo on the Edit menu.
Move multiple shapes
Select the shapes that you want to move.
Note To select multiple shapes, click the Pointer tool , and then drag a selection net (selection net: A means of selecting more than one shape at a time by dragging the Selection tool to define an area that encloses all the shapes to be selected.) around all the shapes that you want to select.
Place the pointer over one of the shapes. (The pointer changes to a four-headed arrow .)
If one of the objects you're moving is a group, the pointer won't show the four-headed arrow unless it is over one of the shapes in the group.
Drag the shapes to their new positions. All selected shapes move the same distance and direction from their original positions.
Resize one shape
Select a shape.
Do one of the following:
If the shape has selection handles , drag a selection handle until the shape is the size you want. To resize the shape proportionally, drag a corner handle.
If the shape has endpoints , drag an endpoint to the length you want.
Note Handles that are gray boxes indicate the shape is locked and cannot be resized, if you want to size it, you can modify the protection of the shape via right click menu Protection.
Adding Text to Shapes
You can add text to shapes. Just click a shape and begin typing; Microsoft Office Visio zooms in so you can see the text as you type.
You can also add text that's not associated with any shape, such as a title or list, to the drawing page. This type of text is called independent text or a text block. Use the Text tool to just click and type.
In Edraw, you create connections by attaching, or gluing, one-dimensional shapes called connectors to two-dimensional shapes. Connectors stay glued when you move the shapes. For example, when you move a flowchart shape connected to another shape, the connector repositions to keep its endpoint glued to both shapes.
You use the Connector tool to create connections. Note People new to Edraw often use the Line tool to connect shapes. Using the Connector tool is a much better method. When you use the Connector tool, connectors reroute, or bend, automatically when you move one of the connected shapes. When you use the Line tool to connect shapes, the connectors don't reroute.
Click the Connector tool .
Draw connection line as follow:
To keep the connector glued to a specific point on a shape, drag from a connection point on the first shape to a connection point on the second shape. The connector endpoints turn red when the shapes are connected.
You can use text with connectors to describe relationships between shapes. Add text to connectors the same way you add text to any shape-just click a connector and type. A good example would be for Decision symbols. One arrow will have Yes or True and the other arrow will have No or False.
You can quickly and easily format an entire document to give it a professional and modern look by applying a document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). A document theme is a set of formatting choices that include a set of theme colors, a set of theme fonts (including heading and body text fonts), and a set of theme effects (including lines and fill effects).
Edraw provide several predefined document themes, but you can also create your own by customizing an existing document theme, and then by saving it as a custom document theme.
After you finish a diagram, you can save it the same way you save a file created in any Microsoft Office System program.
Note It's a good idea to periodically save your diagram as you work.
Before you print a diagram, you can preview it to ensure it will print correctly. In the Print Preview window, the gray boundary indicates the drawing page margins and edge of the printed page. Shapes that overlap this boundary won't print completely. Either move them or adjust your drawing page or printer settings, such as orientation, size, or margins. (To adjust page or printer settings, on the File menu, click Page Setup.)
To add a new page to your project, so the following steps:
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