Sunday, July 3, 2022

Types of diagrams that are supported in Visio in Microsoft 365 [MS]

Visio in Microsoft 365 brings core Visio capabilities to Microsoft 365 and allows business users to create, edit, and share professional diagrams right in a web browser. This web app in your Microsoft 365 subscription gives you a powerful tool for your essential drawing needs. 

The tables below show the types of diagrams you can and cannot create and/or edit by using Visio in Microsoft 365, and they also compare this with the capabilities in Visio Plan 1 and Visio Plan 2. 

Supported types of diagrams


Diagram type

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

General diagrams

Basic Diagrams

Block Diagrams

Business Matrix

Venn Diagrams

Cycle Diagrams

Pyramid Diagrams

Process diagrams

Basic Flowcharts

Process Diagrams

Cross-functional Flowcharts

SDL Diagrams

IT Database diagrams

UML Diagrams

ERD Diagrams – Crow's Foot

ERD Diagrams – Chen's Notation

Network diagrams

Basic Network

Detailed Network

Azure Diagrams

AWS Diagrams

Process model flowcharts

Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)

Maps and floor plans

Floor plan, HVAC plans, and plant layout

Schedule diagrams

Timeline diagrams, Gantt charts, and PERT charts

Business diagrams

ITIL, Pivot, Six Sigma diagram, Value-stream maps and Organization chart

Opening a file containing shapes that aren't available in Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio in Microsoft 365 lets Microsoft 365 enterprise subscribers create and edit general-purpose diagrams.  Specialized diagrams and shapes cannot be edited in Visio in Microsoft 365.

If a Visio drawing has a shape from a type of diagram not supported by Visio in Microsoft 365, then you can't edit that diagram. However, you can still view and comment on the diagram.  

When you attempt to open a drawing that contains specialized shapes, you'll see the following error message, because the drawing requires a separate Visio Plan 1 or Visio Plan 2 license in order for you to edit it:

Error message explaining that the current drawing can't be edited.

Important: Creating and editing a diagram with specialized shapes in Visio for the web requires a Visio Plan 1 or Visio Plan 2 license. For more information, contact your Microsoft 365 admin. You can also make a self-service purchase online from the product websites (if your admin has not turned off self-service purchasing for Visio). For more details, visit the Self-serve purchase FAQ.

Third-party content

Visio drawings that contain third-party shapes can't be edited when you're using Visio in Microsoft 365. However, you can view and add comments to that kind of diagram. 

Data-connected drawings

Visio drawings created from the Visio Data Visualizer add-in or connected to data can't be edited when you're using Visio in Microsoft 365. However, you can view and add comments to that kind of diagram.

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