The Visio Web Access Web Part

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconVisio Web Access is a part of Office Online that lets you show Visio files, but it is also the name of a web part. This web part is very useful when you want to show Visio content in a SharePoint page.

In the demo below, Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, shows how to use the Visio Web Access web part.

The Visio Web Access web part tool pane gives a lot of options, mostly regarding the user interaction with the Visio content. However, what Peter shows in the demo is the most basic - how to define what drawing should be displayed in SharePoint.

Add an Visio Web Access web part with Visio content to SharePoint

  1. Visio iconUpload or save the Visio drawing that you want to display in SharePoint to a document library or other SharePoint library.
  2. Open the page were you want to add content from Visio in edit mode.
  3. Place the cursor where you want to add the web part.
  4. Click on the Web Part button under the INSERT tab.
  5. Click on the Business Data category.
  6. Select the Visio Web Access part and click on the Add button.
  7. Open the tool pane.
  8. Enter the URL to the Visio file in the Web Drawing URL field in the web part pane, or click on the Browse button and select it.
  9. Make the user interaction settings you prefer.
  10. Click on Apply and then save the page.

Now you can manage the Visio drawing as much as the settings allow, but note that you cannot click in the Visio Web Access web part and scroll the page, because then the drawing is in focus.

You can continue updating the Visio file that has been saved to SharePoint. The Visio Web Access web part will be updated each time you save your changes.


In the next demo Peter shows some more Visio tips.

Another kalmstrom.com Tip: make Visio areas clickable.

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