Change the style and width of lines connecting SmartArt shapes

Keywords     lines between shapes; connecting lines; format lines; smartart lines; line style; line effect; line affect

In SmartArt layouts that include connecting lines, such as Organization Charts or Radial Lists, you can change the color, style, and width of the lines connecting the shapes. You can also add effects, such as shadows and glows, to your lines.

What do you want to do?

Change the color or style of a line

Apply an effect to a line

Change the color or style of a line

  1. Select the line within the SmartArt graphic. To change multiple lines, click the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the additional lines.

  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

    SmartArt Tools - Shape Styles

    If you do not see the SmartArt Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a SmartArt graphic.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Select a color from Theme Colors or Standard Colors.

      Tip: To customize your line even further, click More Outline Colors, and then select the exact shade and transparency that you want.

    • Click Weight, and then select a width for the line.

    • Click Dashes, and then select a line style from the list, or click More Lines to create your own style.

    • Click Arrows, and then select an arrow head from the list, or click More Arrows to customize the arrow.

  4. Click Close.

Tip: Use dotted lines in a hierarchy or radial diagram to show different types of relationship.

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Apply an effect to a line

  1. Select the line within the SmartArt graphic. To change multiple lines, click the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the additional lines.

  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Effects.

    SmartArt Tools - Shape Styles

    If you do not see the SmartArt Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a SmartArt graphic.

  3. Select an effect from the list.

  4. Click Close.

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