Glue or unglue connectors

Glue is what keeps shapes and connectors attached to each other. When glue is turned on, you can move shapes and keep the connectors attached. When glue is turned off, you can move shapes and the connectors are unattached.

Automatically glue or unglue connectors

The following procedures change the default glue setting for newly-created connectors, but do not change the glue setting for existing connectors.

Turn glue off by default for newly created connectors

  1. On the View tab, in the Visual Aids group, click the dialog launcher Button image .

    Visual Aids box launcher

  2. In the Snap & Glue dialog box, on the General tab , under Currently active, clear the Glue check box.

    Turn off glue function

Turn glue on by default for newly created connectors

  1. On the View tab, click the dialog launcher on the Visual Aids group.

  2. In the Snap & Glue dialog box, on the General tab , under Currently active, select the Glue check box.

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Individually glue or unglue connectors

The following procedures change the glue setting for existing connectors, but do not change the default glue setting.

Determine whether a connector is glued or unglued

Tip    Use the Zoom feature to better see small details and to have more fine-point control: Zoom In (press ALT+F6), Zoom Out (ALT+SHIFT+F6), and Fit to Window (CTRL+SHIFT+W).

  1. Select a connector to see if it is glued or unglued.

  2. Note the following:

    • A glued connector shows green dots or circles at its endpoints.

      Glued connector
    • An unglued connector shows white or grey dots at its endpoints.

      Unglued connector

Unglue one end of a connector

  • Drag a connector endpoint away from the connection point of the shape.

    Only the endpoint you drag is disconnected. If the other end of the connector was glued, it remains glued.

Unglue both ends of one or more connectors

  • Do one of the following:

    • To unglue one connector, select the connector and press an arrow key.

    • To unglue several connectors at once, hold the Ctrl key as you select the connectors, and then press an arrow key.

      All the selected connectors become unglued from the shapes they connect to.

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See Also

Edit connector points, lines, or arrows

Add and edit connector text

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