Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Handling Lines, Arrows, and Connectors
Open the drop-down list on the Shape Outline button, choose Arrows
(refer to Figure 4-3), and select an arrow on the submenu.
Click the Shape Styles group button to open the Format Shape task
pane. Then choose Arrow settings to describe where you want the
arrowheads to be, what you want them to look like, and what size you
want them to be.
To attach an arrowhead or arrowheads to a line or connector you’ve already
drawn, select the line and proceed as though you were attaching
arrowheads to a line that already has an arrow.
Connecting shapes by using connectors
Under Lines, the Shapes gallery offers six different connectors. Use
connectors to link shapes and text boxes to form a diagram. Connectors differ from
conventional lines in an important way: After you attach one to a shape, it
stays with the shape when you move the shape. You don’t have to worry
about remaking all the connections after you move a shape. You can move
shapes at will and let the connectors between shapes take care of themselves.
Figure 4-4 shows three types of connectors in action. (By the way, if you
came here to explore how to make a diagram, be sure to check out Chapter 2
of this mini-book as well. It explains Office SmartArt diagramming.)
Figure 4-4:
The three
types of
connectors
(from top
to bottom):
elbow,
straight, and
curved.
To connect shapes in Word, the shapes must be on the drawing canvas.
Book II, Chapter 6 describes the Word drawing canvas. (Click the Shapes
button and choose New Drawing Canvas to create one.)
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