Visio for the web

Visio for the web extends your Microsoft Visio experience to the web browser, where you can work with diagrams directly on the website where the diagram is stored. Microsoft Office 365 customers with Office for the web can view and share diagrams and insert comments on the go.

Apply rich formatting to text and shapes

Not available in Visio for the web. Editing features, such as more colors, gradients, effects, and styles, are available in the Visio desktop application. With Visio for the web, you can add a text box or choose from a gallery of shapes and apply styles, which define fill, outline, and shadow effects.

Arrange objects

Not yet available in Visio for the web. In the Visio desktop application, you can move, resize, rotate, or order shapes and text boxes, and you can ungroup shapes to work with them individually.

Build mashup solutions

The Visio for the web JavaScript Mashup API enables developers to access and manipulate a Visio web diagram, its pages, and its shapes. For more information, see Visio for the web: Frequently Asked Questions.

Create diagrams

You cannot create diagrams in Visio for the web; however, you can create diagrams in the Visio desktop application and then upload them to SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. You can then share them with others.

Cut, copy, and paste

Not yet available in Visio for the web. You can use the Visio desktop application to cut, copy, and paste features to move or remove shapes and text within a diagram.

Edit diagrams

You cannot make changes to a diagram in Visio for the web. If you need to make changes to a diagram, use the Visio desktop application.

Embed diagram in a SharePoint, web, or blog page

You can use Visio for the web to insert a Visio diagram (created in the Visio desktop application) on a SharePoint, web, or blog page. For more information, see Visio for the web: Frequently Asked Questions.

Find

In Visio for the web, you can search for every occurrence of a word, number, or phrase on the page by clicking the ellipses button (…) and then selecting Find (or press Ctrl+F). Results appear next to your diagram. Visio will search in shape names, shape text, shape data, and user-defined cells.

Font formatting

You cannot change the font, font size, or other font appearance attributes (such as bold, italics, superscript, or underlining) in Visio for the web.

In Visio for the web, you can directly access the hyperlinks by clicking on the shape.

In Visio for the web, you can go to other pages by clicking the tabs in the lower left.

Office add-ins

Office add-ins are not available in Visio for the web.

Offline viewing

Not available in Visio for the web. Office for the web requires an Internet connection and an Internet browser. You need the Visio desktop application installed on your computer to view and edit a diagram while disconnected from the Internet or from your organization's on-premises Office Web Apps Server. If you have the Visio desktop application installed, you can use the full functionality of Visio to view and edit your diagram. When you save, the online diagram is updated with your changes. You can also download and save an offline copy of your diagram, but it will not be in sync with the online version. Learn more about Office Web Apps Server.

The Print to PDF is not available in Visio for the web.

Proofing tools

Proofing tools such as check spelling, translation, and custom dictionaries are not available in Visio for the web.

Real-time co-authoring

Not available in Visio for the web. Advanced reviewer features, such as merge conflicts and compare diagrams, are only available in the Visio desktop application. With Visio for the web, you can view, add, or delete comments.

Save As or Download a copy

Visio for the web allows you to use Save As or download a copy of your diagram, but you must have the Microsoft Visio desktop application to edit a local copy.

Share a diagram

If your diagram is saved in a SharePoint document library or in OneDrive for Business, then your diagram is online and you can share it by sending a link instead of an email attachment. People with appropriate permissions can view it in a web browser or mobile device. Just click Share in the upper-right.

SmartArt

With Visio for the web, you cannot add SmartArt to a diagram. However, if SmartArt was added using the Visio desktop application, it will be visible in Visio for the web.

Tell Me

The Tell Me feature is not available in Visio for the web. In the Visio desktop application, you can use the Tell Me search feature to quickly find help with a task you want to perform.

Undo and redo

The Undo and Redo features are not available in Visio for the web.

View and add comments

In Visio for the web, you can collaborate with others by viewing, adding, and responding to comments in your diagram.

View shape data

You can use Visio for the web to see the metadata for a diagram: just click the shape and then click Shape Info.

View Visio files in the browser

Because your Visio diagram is saved online, you can send a link to it. People can then view it in any browser. They do not need to have the Visio desktop application installed.

Zoom

Visio for the web includes a slider that lets you zoom in and out. Also, you can use the Pan & Zoom feature to zoom in on a region of the diagram.