What is Microsoft Visio?

What is it?

Microsoft Visio is a diagramming tool by Microsoft. It is one of the office productivity applications included in the Microsoft Office suite.

It is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Android, Apple IOS and on Linux using WINE.

What do I use it for?

Microsoft Visio allows you to produce flowcharts, diagrams, organisational charts, floor plans and engineering designs. It provides modern shapes and templates.

You can also work with others to collaborate on Visio drawings at the same time.

Who is it available to?

 Visio for the WebVisio Plan 2 (Subscription licence)Visio Professional 2019 (Perpetual licence)
Free for staff and students at the University of LeedsX  
Requires a licence to be purchased XX

How can I access it?

 Visio for the WebVisio Plan 2 (Subscription licence) - not all functionality is available on the web appVisio Professional 2019 (Perpetual licence)
Web app (https://office365.leeds.ac.uk)XX 
Desktop app XX

For both the free Visio web application and the paid for (subscription based) Visio application, you can access the web app for Visio at https://office365.leeds.ac.uk.

For users with a paid licence for Visio (both Visio Plan 2 and Visio Professional 2019), you can also access Visio using the desktop application. If you have a perpetual licence, this should be available to you to download via the Software Center. For users with a subscription licence, you can request to have the desktop app installed via IT (please see related requests).


Microsoft Visio training is available via LinkedIn Learning and is free for all staff and students. 

Further Information and Support

For further information on Microsoft Visio and for support, please see the Microsoft Website.

For further information on Visio for the Web, please see Visio for the web Help.

To see the difference between Visio for the Web and Visio Plan 2, please see Visio for the web: FAQ.

To see the difference between the perpetual and subscription (where Visio Plan 2 is the subscription licence) licences for Visio, please see Compare Visio versions and features.