Add or remove connector line jumps

Add or remove connector line jumps

Overview of connector line jumps

Connectors on a page can either intersect as straight crossing lines or as line jumps. You can change the line jumps setting for a diagram or change the default setting.

Connectors with line jumps

Connectors without line jumps

Line jumps Connectors with no jumps

Show or remove connector line jumps

As you edit a diagram and add more shapes, you may want to create line jumps when connector lines cross. You can show or remove these line jumps.

  • On the ribbon, select Design, in the Layout group select Connectors, and then do the following:

    • To show jumps over crossing lines, select Show Line Jumps.

      Showing line jumps
    • To remove jumps over crossing lines, clear Show Line Jumps.

      Removing line jumps

Set the default line jump style

To configure line jumps for a connector

  1. On the Design tab, click the Page Setup dialog box launcher.

    Page Setup launcher

  2. In the Page Setup dialog box, click the Layout and Routing tab, and under Line jumps, configure options and sizes.

    Configure which connector lines have jumps and their style.

    Add line jumps to lets you specify which lines jump. For example, assign jumps to all horizontal lines, or the line added more recently.

    Line jump style lets you specify the shape of the jump, such as a smooth arc, a gap, a square, or a multi-sided arc.

    Use the sliders, or enter numbers, for Vertical size and Horizontal size to specify the size of line jumps for vertical and horizontal connector lines.

    Move the sliders or enter numbers to set the sizes of line jumps.
  3. Click Apply or OK.

To remove line jumps from a drawing

  1. On the Design tab, click the Page Setup dialog box launcher.

    Page Setup launcher

  2. Click the Layout and Routing tab.

  3. Under Line jumps, in the Add line jumps to list, select None.

    Select None to eliminate line jumps from connector lines.
  4. Click Apply or OK.

  1. Select the connector whose line jump style you want to set.

  2. On the Format menu, click Behavior.

  3. Click the Connector tab, and under Line jumps, select the options that you want.

Tip: To set the default line jump style for connectors on the page, on the File menu, click Page Setup, click the Layout and Routing tab, and in the Line jump style list, click the way that you want the line jumps to look.

See Also

Add connectors between shapes

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