Add Visio to Office 365

An Office 365 tutorial by Peter Kalmström

Office 365 logoMicrosoft Visio is a diagramming and vector graphics application that helps you create professional diagrams that are linked to data and updated when data changes.

Visio is part of the Microsoft Office family, but it is not included in the basic Office 365 packages. You have to pay an extra fee to use it regularly, but you can include Visio in your free trial and see if it is useful to you.

NOTE: It is no longer possible to try Visio as described below. This article will be removed as soon as Office Online from Scratch is updated. By keeping the article for now, we can reach readers of the current version.

In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer, shows how to add Visio Plan 2 to an Office 365 trial. (There is also a Plan 1 that gives Visio Online but not the desktop application.) The process is the same if you are already subscribing to Office 365 and want to try Visio.

Peter shows how to give one user access to Visio via 'Active users', but 'Active users' also gives a bulk licensing option. Furthermore, a wizard for adding user licenses is shown in the Office 365 Admin center after the Visio trial has been set up. These methods are described in Peter's book Office 365 from Scratch.

Process for adding Visio to Office 365

  1. Click on the App Launcher button and then on 'Admin' to open the Office 365 admin center.
  2. In the left pane, select 'Billing' and then 'Purchase services'.
  3. Visio iconFind Visio Plan 2 in the list of services.
  4. Click on the trial link.
  5. Click on 'Try now'.
  6. Click on 'Continue'.
  7. Select 'Users' and then 'Active users' in the left hand pane of the Office 365 Admin center.
  8. Select the users to whom you want to assign the Visio subscription.
  9. Edit the Product licenses and enable Visio.
Now each user who has been assigned Visio can install the application via his/her account >Install status or via

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