Add shapes and connectors

Connect shapes

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Use connectors to show the relationships between shapes in flowcharts, organization charts, and other diagrams.

Automatically connect shapes

  1. Go to View, and make sure AutoConnect is selected.

  2. Point to a shape, and point to the arrow that indicates the direction of the next shape you want to add.

  3. Select the shape you want to add and connect.

Add a moveable connection to a shape

In a dynamic connection, when you move one of the connected shapes, the connector moves with it and may move to a different connection point on the shape.

  1. Select Home > Connector.

  2. Point to the center of a shape until you see a green outline around it.

  3. Draw a line to the center of the shape you want to connect to.
    You’ll see a green outline around the shape when the shapes are connected.

  4. Select Home > Pointer Tool to return to normal editing.

Add a fixed connection to a shape

In a point connection, the connector endpoint stays glued to the same connection point when you move a shape.

  1. Select Home > Connector.

  2. Point to a shape until you see the connection points around the edge.

  3. Select a connection point and draw a line to a connection point on the shape you want to connect to.
    The connector endpoints turn green when the shapes are connected.

  4. Select Home > Pointer Tool.

Move a connection point

  1. Select the connector endpoint you want to move.

  2. Drag it to the center of another shape to create a dynamic connection or to a different connection point to create a point connection.

Delete a connection point

  1. Select the shape with a connection point that you want to delete.

  2. Select Home > Connection Point.

  3. Select the connection point you want to delete.

  4. Press Del.

  5. Select Home > Pointer Tool.

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Add connectors between shapes

When you want to show relationships between shapes in flowcharts, organization charts, and other diagrams, use connectors to direct the flow of information.

As you add shapes to a diagram, connect them automatically.

First, I go to View and make sure that AutoConnect is selected.

I’m going to add a shape and connect other shapes to it. I select a shape, drag it onto the drawing page...

… and point to it to see the AutoConnect arrows.

Then I point to the arrow in the direction where I want to add another shape ….

… and select a shape to add and connect it instantly.

I can add a shape in each direction.

If you already added a shape, connect it manually.

I’m dragging a document shape onto the drawing page.

Now, I’ll connect it to the shape above it. I go to Home, select Connector ...

… And point to the center of the first shape until I see an outline around it.

As I draw a line from the first shape to the center of the second shape, an outline indicates when the shapes are connected. I finish the line to connect the shapes …

… and then select Pointer Tool.

This is a dynamic connection, which allows a connector to move around the shape. So, if I move one of the shapes, the connector moves with it. The connection point may also move.

When you want a connection point to stay in the same place on a shape, glue it. This type of connection is called a point connection.

I’ll add another document shape to the diagram.

Next, I'll select Connector.

When I point to a shape, connection points appear around the edge. As I point to a connection point, another outline appears, this time around the connection point.

To make the connection, I select a connection point and draw a line to a connection point on the second shape. The outline around the second shape shows that the shapes are connected.

Then, I select Pointer Tool to finish.

Now, when I move the shape around, the connectors stay in the same position.

To move a connection point, I select it and drag it to a different position—either to another connection point, or to the center of the shape to make it a dynamic connection.

With several ways to connect shapes at your disposal, you’re ready to make information flow through your diagrams.

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