Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Handling Lines, Arrows, and Connectors
Making the connection
Before you draw the connections, draw the shapes and arrange them on the
slide where you want them to be in your diagram. Then follow these steps to
connect two shapes with a connector:
1. Select the two shapes that you want to connect.
To select the shapes, hold down the Ctrl key and click each one.
2. On the (Drawing Tools) Format tab, open the Shapes gallery.
3. Under Lines, select the connector that will best fit between the two
shapes you want to link together.
4. Move the pointer over a side selection handle on one of the shapes
you want to connect.
5. Click and drag the pointer over a selection handle on the other shape,
and when you see green selection handles on that shape, release the
When you click a connector, you see round, green selection handles on
the shapes that are joined by the connector. These green handles tell
you that the two shapes are connected and will remain connected when
you move them.
If your connector is attached to the wrong shape, don’t despair. Select the
connector, and on the (Drawing Tools) Format tab, click the Edit Shape
button and choose Reroute Connectors. Then move the pointer over the
green handle on the side of the connector that needs to be attached
elsewhere, click, drag the connector elsewhere on the other shape, and release
the mouse button when you see the green selection handles.
Adjusting a connector
Chances are, your connector needs adjusting to make it fit correctly between
the two shapes. Click to select your connector and follow these techniques
to adjust it:
✦ Changing the shape of a connector: Drag the yellow square on the
connector. As you drag, the connector assumes different shapes.
✦ Changing the connector type: Right-click the connector, choose
Connector Types, and choose Straight Connector, Elbow Connector, or
Curved Connector on the submenu.
✦ Handling arrows on connectors: If the arrows on the connector aren’t
there, are pointing in the wrong direction, or shouldn’t be there, change
the arrowheads around using the same techniques you use with
standard arrows. See “Attaching and handling arrowheads on lines and
connectors” earlier in this chapter.