Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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To create a screen flow diagram, begin by creating the thumbnail screen images
using one of three methods:
Hand-draw the screens on paper, scan them, and then reduce them digitally to
a desired thumbnail size in a graphics editing tool.
Create graphic representations of the different screens to a desired fidelity
using a graphics editing tool; then reduce them to a thumbnail size.
Create simple thumbnails in Excel using the drawing and text tools.
To Import Scanned Drawings or Graphics Created in
Another Application:
1. From the Drawing toolbar, choose Insert Picture From File.
2. Browse to the location of the image file.
3. Click Insert.
The picture is then inserted into the prototype.
A drawback to using imported images is that you cannot easily modify them after
they are imported into Excel. As described in Appendix A, you can scale, crop, and
alter the look of imported images. To actually edit the image, you must use a graphics
editing tool and then reimport. If you create thumbnail images in Excel, you can
change them anytime you need to without having to use another application.
Create a thumbnail of an application window or Web page by adding shapes to a
rectangle that represents a page or screen. If you have any pencil sketches or
printouts from other apps, keep them on hand for reference. In this case, refer back to
Figure 7.1.
To Create the Thumbnails in Excel:
1. Our first step is to draw the rectangle that will be the basis for the thumbnail.
From the Drawing toolbar, choose AutoShapes > Basic Shapes.
From the Basic Shapes menu, you can choose from a number of shapes that
should cover most of your needs for a simple design. Other menus, such as
the Flowchart menu or Stars and Banners, offer more shapes. Choose More
AutoShapes for a gallery of clip art images that you can use.
2. Select the Rectangle, as shown in Figure 7.2 (page 126).
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