How to Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

If you have ever worked on a Six Sigma project you know that the most important step is the documentation of the entire process in question. At times this can be a time consuming and if you’re not careful can become a sort of controlled chaos of process maps upon process maps. In Visio 2010, Microsoft has made it easier to work with large process maps within a Visio file. Users can now create Sub-processes by simply selecting and designating process steps as such. The how-to below will show you how quick and simple this new feature is.

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Note: I used Visio 2010 Beta in this tutorial.

The following assumes you already have a process map to work with.

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

A somewhat cluttered process map.

1. Select the process you wish to include as a sub-process.

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

2. Click on the Process tab in the Office Ribbon.

3. Click on Create From Selection in the Subprocess group.

You will notice that the process steps you selected will be come one subprocess shape. You will also notice that new sheet was added to the Visio file.

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

4. To open the subprocess, hold down the Control [Ctrl] key on your keyboard while clicking on the process.

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

The newly created page will open containing the process steps you included as a subprocess.

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

5. To return to the main process page, simply click on the appropriate page tab at the bottom of the screen.

Create Subprocesses from a Selection in Visio 2010

The entire process map and the subprocess should appear.