Add, move, or delete connection points

A connection point is a special point on some shapes that you can “glue” connectors and other shapes to. It looks like a blue x ( Connection point image - blue X ). When you glue a connector to a connection point on a shape, they stay connected, even if the shape is moved. Use connection points when you want connectors or shapes to stay connected to specific points on a shape.

In Microsoft Visio 2010, connection points fade in and become visible when you are attempting to connect a shape to another. You see a shape’s connection points when you hover near the shape with the Connector Tool or drag the endpoint of any connector or line near a shape that has connection points.

Note: Connection points are not the only places you can glue connectors and lines. You can also glue connectors and lines to shape vertices, shape handles, and shape geometry. For information on how to glue to these shape features, see Add and glue connectors with the Connector tool.

A shape with four connection points.

A shape with four connection points.

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Add connection points

Add text next to a connection point

Move connection points

Delete or hide connection points

Add connection points

If the shape you want to glue a connector or shape to does not have a connection point where you want it, it is easy to add one.

  1. If connection points are not visible, on the View tab, in the Visual Aids group, select Connection Points.

  2. Select the shape.

    Note: If you don’t select the shape first, you can’t add a connection point to it. The shape is selected if it has a blue, dashed border around it.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Connection Point tool Button image .

  4. Press CTRL and click where you want to add a connection point.

  5. If you want an outward or inward & outward connection point, right-click the connection point and click Inward, Outward, or Inward & Outward.

    • Most of the time, you want an inward connection point. An inward connection point “attracts” the endpoints on connectors and the outward and inward & outward connection points on two-dimensional (2-D) shapes.

    • If you have a 2-D shape that you want to glue to another shape, you want an outward connection point. An outward connection point is “attracted to” inward connection points.

    • If you have a shape and you don’t know how you want it to be glued to other shapes, you want an inward & outward connection point.

  6. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Pointer tool Pointer button to return to normal editing.

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Add text next to a connection point

Unfortunately, you cannot add text directly to a connection point. You can, however, add text to the shape and then move the text next to the connection point.

  1. Select the shape.

  2. Start typing. The text you type appears in the shape.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Text Block tool Button image .

  4. Drag your text.

Tip: If the shape has a control handle Control handle image - yellow diamond , you might be able drag it to move shape text quickly.

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Move connection points

If you’re not happy with where a connection point is located, you can move it.

  1. Select the shape.

    Note: If you don’t select the shape first, you can’t move the connection point. The shape is selected if it has a blue, dashed border around it.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Connection Point tool Button image .

  3. Drag the connection point you want to move.

    If you don’t see any connection points, on the View tab, in the Visual Aids group, click Connection Points.

  4. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Pointer tool Pointer button to return to normal editing.

If you’re having a hard time moving the connection point to exactly where you want it, try different snap settings:

  • On the View tab, in the Visual Aids group, click the Snap & Glue dialog box launcher Icon image , and then on the General tab, under Snap to, select the options you want.

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Delete or hide connection points

Sometimes connection points can get in the way. When they do, you have two choices: delete them or hide them.

Delete a connection point

  1. Select the shape.

    Note: If you don’t select the shape first, you can’t delete the connection point. The shape is selected if it has a blue, dashed border around it.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Connection Point tool Button image .

  3. Click the connection point you want to delete. The connection point turns magenta.

    If you don’t see any connection points, on the View tab, in the Visual Aids group, click Connection Points.

  4. Press DELETE.

  5. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click the Pointer tool Pointer button to return to normal editing.

Hide connection points

  • On the View tab, in the Visual Aids group, clear the Connection Points check box.

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