Draw or delete a line, connector, or freeform shape

You can add lines to connect shapes, point to a piece of information, create a blank signature line, or separate text.

A connector is a line with connection points at each end, and it stays connected to the shapes that you attach it to. The three types of connectors are straight, elbow (angled), and curved. When you choose a connector in Excel or PowerPoint, red dots appear on the shape outline. These dots indicate where you can attach a connector. Freeform shapes contain curved and straight segments, and you can make them look like they were done with a pen or pencil. .

Draw a line or connector

Draw a line with connection points in Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, or Word

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.
    The Shapes group on the Insert tab.
  2. Under Lines, click the line or connector that you want to add.
  3. To draw a line connecting shapes, on the first shape, click where you want to attach the connector, and then drag the cursor to the second connection site.


 Notes 

  • To draw a straight line, click Line Button image, and then drag to draw the line.
  • When you rearrange shapes that are joined with connectors, the connectors remain attached to and move with the shapes. If you move either end of a connector, that end detaches from the shape, and you can then attach it to another connection site on the same shape or attach it to another shape. After the connector attaches to a connection site, the connector stays connected to the shapes no matter how you move each shape.

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Draw a line without connection points

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.
    The Shapes group on the Insert tab.
  2. Under Lines, click FreeformButton image.
  3. Click one location in the document, move your pointer to a different location, and then click again.
  4. Double-click when you are finished drawing the line.

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Draw a line or arrow in Project

  1. On the Format tab, click Drawing, and then click Arrow or Line.
  2. Place your cursor at the start of your line or arrow, then click and drag to draw your line or arrow.

Draw multiple lines or connectors

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.
    The Shapes group on the Insert tab.
  2. Under Lines, right-click the line or connector that you want to add, and then click Lock Drawing Mode.
  3. Click where you want to start the line or connector, and then drag the cursor to where you want the line or connector to end.
  4. To add connectors to multiple shapes, repeat steps 2 and 3 for each connector you want to add.
  5. When you finish adding all of the lines or connectors, press ESC.

 Note    This feature isn't available in Project.

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Add an arrowhead to a line

  1. Select the line you want to change.
    If you want to add arrowheads to multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold Ctrl while you select the other lines.
  2. On the Format tab, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.
    The Shape Styles group on the Format tab
    If you don't see the Format tab, make sure you selected the line. You might have to double-click the line.
  3. Point to Arrows, and then click the arrow style that you want.
    To create a custom arrow style, click More Arrows, and then choose the options that you want.

 Note    This feature isn't available in Project.

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Draw a freeform shape

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.
    The Shapes group on the Insert tab.
  2. Under Lines, do one of the following:
  • To draw a shape that has both curved and straight segments, click FreeformButton image.
  • To draw a shape that looks like it was drawn with a pen by hand, or to create smooth curves, click Scribble Button image.
  1. Click anywhere in the document, and then drag to draw.
    To draw a straight segment, click one location, move your pointer to a different location, and then click again.
  2. To finish drawing the shape, do one of the following:
  • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
  • To close the shape, click near its starting point.


 Notes 

  • To convert any shape to a freeform shape, see Convert a shape to a freeform shape.
  • To edit the points of a shape, see Edit points in a shape.
  • To make it easier to draw details, increase the magnification to 200 percent. On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom, and then click 200%.

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Draw a polygon in Project

  1. On the Format tab, click Drawing, and then click Polygon.
  2. Click anywhere in the document, and then drag to draw.
  3. Move your pointer to a different location and click again.
  4. To finish drawing the shape, do one of the following:
  • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
  • To close the shape, click near its starting point.

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Edit points in a shape

You can edit the points of most shapes. For example, you edit points when you need to lean a triangle over to the right.

 Note    This feature isn't available in Word.

  1. Select the shape that you want to edit.
  2. On the Format tab, click Edit ShapeButton image, and then click Edit Points.
    The Insert Shapes group on the Format tab.

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If you're working in Project, on the Format tab, click Drawing, and then click Edit Points.

  1. Drag one of the vertexes that outline the shape. A vertex is the point, indicated by a black dot, where a curve ends or the point where two line segments meet in a freeform shape.

ShowKeyboard shortcuts for editing points.

  • To open Edit Points mode, select the shape and then press Alt + JD, E, E.
    -or-
    If you're working in Project, press Alt+JF, D, E.
  • To add a point, click the shape outline while pressing Ctrl.
  • To delete a point, click the point while pressing Ctrl.
  • To have the point treated as a smooth point, press Shift while dragging either of the handles attached to the point. Once you stop dragging, the point will be changed to a smooth point. A smooth point joins two line segments of equal length.
  • To have the point treated as a straight point, press Ctrl while dragging either of the handles attached to the point. Once you stop dragging the point will be changed to a straight point. A straight point joins two line segments of different lengths.
  • To have the point treated as a corner point, press Alt while dragging either of the handles attached to the point. Once you stop dragging the point will be changed to a corner point. A corner point joins two line segments with one segment going off in a different direction.
  • To cancel the change to the point and line segments, press Esc before releasing the mouse button.

 Note    To make it easier to draw details, increase the magnification to 200 percent. On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom, and then click 200%.

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Delete lines, connectors, or a freeform shape

  • Click the line, connector, or shape that you want to delete, and then press Delete.
    If you want to delete multiple lines or connectors, select the first line, press and hold Ctrl while you select the other lines, and then press Delete.

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Delete an arrowhead

  1. Select the line that you want to remove arrowheads from.
    If you want to remove arrowheads from multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold Ctrl while you select the other lines.
  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.
    The Shape Styles group on the Format tab
  3. Point to Arrows, and then click Arrow Style 1 (no arrowheads).

 Note    This feature isn't available in Project.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Word 2013