Need help finding commands in the new Visio 2010 ribbon?

In Visio 2010, we completely revamped the Visio user interface and adopted the Office Fluent UI or the “Ribbon”. With the Office Fluent UI, Visio’s extensive capabilities are organized into logical, easy to find groups that help you accomplish tasks efficiently. The breakdown of each of the core tabs in the Visio 2010 Ribbon was explained in a previous post.


Although the Office Fluent UI was designed to help make the Office applications easier to work with, we realize that there is a learning curve for the new Office Fluent UI.

Did you know that there are tools available to help you learn the new Visio 2010 Ribbon?

Office 2010 menu to ribbon reference workbooks

Looking for a list of the 2007 menu and toolbar commands and their new 2010 locations? You’re in luck! Each Office application has an Excel workbook that lists the old menu commands and their new locations in the Office Fluent UI. You can find these workbooks here.


Interactive guides to find commands

Would you prefer an interactive program that shows you the new location of a command? Interactive guides for each Office application can be found here. Just click the Visio 2007 command or button that you want to find and the guide will show you its location in Visio 2010. These guides are available as online tools or can be installed on your own computer for use any time (even when you’re not connected to the Internet).


We are enjoying the new look and feel of Visio 2010, and hope you feel the same way! If you have questions or comments about the Visio 2010 Ribbon, please comment on our blog and let us know.

Comments (10)

  1. reesd says:

    The work on these Excel spreadsheets and interactive tools shows that people are struggling with finding stuff in the new ribbons. An outside tool is a clunky and painful workaround, especially when there is an elegant solution that worked for 2007 and probably just needs a little porting from 2007 – the ribbon search commands. Please get them updated for 2010, please 🙂 –…/default.aspx

  2. LostinPA says:

    I have used Visio for years with success. Right now I am wasting "lean corporate time" trying to figure out how to draw a simple line in my new Visio 2010. Wow… can you take a good tool and screw it up to make the user struggle with simple tasks?  I guess it's called a "learning curve." I want some of what you guys are smoking…..

  3. i need 2 learn how 2 use visio :) says:

    I have two questions and I was hoping someone would answer them for me:

      1) In visio how do you make a curved line on a document? (like on a line graph)

      2)How do you make a basic graph bigger on visio? I need one more square and I can't figure out how to get it.

    Thanks to all help in advance!!!!!

  4. Debbie says:

    How do you Divide the process for more than 2 – like 4 or 5

  5. Chris says:

    The link under "Office 2010 menu to ribbon reference workbooks" is broken.

  6. Norz says:

    The link under "Office 2010 menu to ribbon reference workbooks" is broken. [2]

  7. Unhappy UI user says:

    Now I have to jump through an extra layer of clicks of User Interface to access my drawing tools.  Nice.  Thanks for adding an additional frustration to my day.  Leave well enough alone, won't you?  But it's hard to justify your salary to PHB's if it aleady works.

  8. Keith Odle says:

    The tool ribbon SHOULD BE OPTIONAL !

    I've been a long time user of Microsoft Office applications.  I've struggled through the application of "The Ribbon" to Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint and I've hated it.

    In earlier Microsoft product "Updates", there was usually an option to retain the look and feel of the earlier version if the user elected to.


  9. Bill says:

    Drawing a simple line has become a cryptic sequence of formatting.

    You have taken a wonderful intuitive tool to its absurdity.

    Does any one use these tool/version upgrades.

    I might as well work with model files in Solid Works.

    This used to be fun to use.

    Bill L a long term Visio user

  10. Andy Wilils says:

    Most FUI commands seem to take more clicks, Why is that

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