Create a custom connector

If you often apply the same formatting to your connectors each time you draw them, you can save time by creating your own custom connector with the same format settings. You can then use that custom connector whenever you want to.

What do you want to do?

Add, move, or rotate text on a connector

Add arrows, points, or other line ends to a connector

Make a connector curved, right-angled, or straight

Set the line jump style for a connector

Save your custom connector to your Favorites stencil


Add, move, or rotate text on a connector

You can add and move text on a connector the same way that you add and move text on other Microsoft Office Visio 2007 shapes.

  1. Select the connector.

  2. Type your text.

  3. To move your text, click the Text Block tool Button image on the Standard toolbar, and then drag your text.

    If you don't see the Text Block tool Button image , click the down arrow next to the Text tool Text tool button , and then click the Text Block tool Button image .

  4. To rotate your text, click the Text Block tool Button image on the Standard toolbar, and then drag the rotation handle ( Button Image ).

    If you don't see the Text Block tool Button image , click the down arrow next to the Text tool Text tool button , and then click the Text Block tool Button image .

Tip: Some connectors and shapes have a control handle ( Control handle image - yellow diamond ) that you can drag to quickly move shape text.

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Add arrows, points, or other line ends to a connector

  1. Select a connector.

  2. On the Format menu, click Line.

  3. Under Line ends, choose the type and size of line end that you want.

  4. Click OK.

Tip: You can also use the Line Ends tool on the Formatting toolbar.

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Make a connector curved, right-angled, or straight

  1. Right-click the connector.

  2. Click Curved Connector, Right-Angle Connector, or Straight Connector.

Note: You cannot add handles to straight or right-angle connectors, but you can use the Pencil     tool Button image to add handles to curved connectors.

Tip: To make the default connector straight or curved, on the File menu, click Page Setup, click the Layout and Routing tab, and then in the Appearance list, click Straight or Curved.

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Set the line jump style for a connector

  1. Select the connector.

  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 then in the Line jump style list, click the way that you want the line jumps to look.

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Save your custom connector to your Favorites stencil

  1. On the File menu, point to Shapes, point to My Shapes, and then click Favorites.

  2. Right-click the Favorites title bar, and then click Edit Stencil.

  3. Drag your custom connector to the Favorites stencil.

  4. Right-click the Favorites title bar, and then click Save.

Now, when you want to use that connector, click the Connector tool Button image , and then select the connector on the Favorites stencil.

While your custom connector shape is selected, every connector that you draw with the Connector tool Button image will have the same formatting as your custom connector.

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