The Calendar template has been a favorite of many users since the early Visio days, probably because it's so well designed and easy to use. Visio does most of the work for you. When you drag a calendar shape on the page, Visio prompts you for the date, as Figure 12-5 shows. Depending on the shape you use, you can display one month or an annual calendar on a single page.
Figure 12-5. When you use a calendar shape, Visio prompts you for date and formatting information.
Follow these steps to create a monthly calendar:
Follow these steps to create a yearly calendar on one page:
Tip - Change Calendar Page Orientation
If you're using the Calendar template to create a yearly calendar, the default landscape orientation for the drawing page might not be appropriate, because the yearly shape is taller than it is wide. To change the page orientation, choose File, Page Setup. On the Print Setup tab, click Portrait, and then click OK.
The simplicity of the calendars has its downside. Because Visio creates the calendar for you, it assumes certain formatting properties, such as shading, line, and text formatting. In addition, Visio locks calendar shapes to prevent them from being moved or deleted as you add text, as Figure 12-6 shows. Despite the locks, you can change the look of your calendar by specifying different text, line, and fill formats. The formatting task goes more smoothly when you recognize that Visio creates a calendar as a group, which allows you to subselect calendar shapes and edit them individually. For example, the default look for the days of the week for the Large Month shape is white text on a black background. If you would like something less stark, you can subselect the weekday shape, and then specify different text, line, and fill options.
Figure 12-6. Visio locks shapes to keep them from moving, but you can still change their format.
The advantage of groups is that they're easy to resize. To change the size of a calendar, drag a corner selection handle to the desired size.
For details about editing groups, see "Working with Groups."
When you try to subselect a calendar shape to format it, an error message appears.
Individual days in a monthly calendar are locked against text editing. If you select the date numbers in a monthly calendar with the Text tool, a warning message appears telling you that shape protection or layer properties prevent the command's execution. You can, however, edit the styles applied to locked calendar shapes to change their text formatting. For example, to change the font used to format the calendar day numbers, choose Format, Define Styles. In the Name box, choose Calendar Normal. Click Text, choose the font you want, and then click OK to close all the dialog boxes.
For details about editing styles, see "Editing Existing Styles."