Change a flowchart

Do one or more of the following:

ShowMove a shape

  • Select the shape and when the pointer becomes a four-headed arrow, drag it to a new location.

 Note   The locked connectors attached to the shape move with the shape. To unlock a connector, select the connector and the connection point and drag it off the shape.

ShowAdd or delete a shape

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click AutoShapes, point to Flowchart, and then click the shape you want.
  2. Click where you want to insert the flowchart shape.

 Note   If you want to delete a shape, select the shape and press DELETE.

ShowChange the line style or color

  1. Select the line or connector you want to change.
  2. Do one of the following:

ShowChange the color of a line or connector

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click the arrow next to Line Color Button image.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To change to the default color, click Automatic.
    • To change to another color, click one of the colors below Automatic.

ShowChange the style of a line or connector

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Line Style Button image.
  2. Click the style you want; or click More Lines, and then click a style.

ShowAdd or delete a connector

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click AutoShapes, point to Connectors, and then click the connector line you want.
  2. Point to where you want to lock the connector.

Connection sites appear as blue circles as you pass the pointer over a shape.

Connection site art

  1. Click the first connection site you want, point to the other shape, and then click the second connection site.

Locked or attached connectors will keep the shapes connected even when you move the shapes.

Locked connectors

Callout 1 Locked connector

Callout 2 Unlocked connector

 Note   To delete a connector, select the connector and press DELETE.

ShowMove a connector

Do one of the following:

ShowReroute a connector to the closest points between shapes

  1. Select one of the connected shapes.
  2. On the Drawing toolbar, click Draw, and then click Reroute Connectors.

Rerouted connector

ShowTip

If more than one connector line is attached to an object and you don't want to reroute all the lines, select only the ones you want to reroute, and then click Reroute Connectors.

ShowMove a connector

Do one or both of the following:

  • To move the connector line, drag one of its ends and connect it to another site or shape.

To override the automatic locking of the end, hold down ALT as you drag the end. You can place the end wherever you want on the object, but the end will not be connected.

  • To detach the entire line, drag its middle.

 Note   If the connector line has a yellow adjustment handle (adjustment handle: A diamond-shaped handle used to adjust the appearance but not the size of most AutoShapes. For example, you can adjust a rounded rectangle to be more or less rounded.), dragging the handle will change the shape of the connector line but not detach it.

 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Word 2003