One of the most flexible ways to add and glue a connector is to draw it by using the Connector tool on the Standard toolbar.
- Click the Connector tool on the Standard toolbar.
- Do one of the following:
- To keep the connector glued to a specific point on a shape, drag from a connection point on the first shape to a connection point on the second shape. The connector endpoints turn red when the shapes are connected. This is called a point-to-point connection. With a point-to-point connection, the connector stays glued to the same connection points when you move one of the shapes.
- To allow the connector to move to the closest available connection point, position the Connector tool over the center of the first shape until a red box appears around the shape. Hold down the mouse button and drag to the center of the second shape. When a red box appears around the second shape, release the mouse button. This is called a shape-to-shape connection. With a shape-to-shape connection, the connector stays glued to each shape by moving to the closest available connection points when you move either one of the shapes. If no connection points are present, the connector moves to the closest sides.
Note You can also create connections between shapes where one end of the connector is connected to a connection point and the other end of the connector is connected to the shape (and vice versa).
- Click the Pointer tool on the Standard toolbar to return to normal editing.
To add a connector from one shape to multiple shapes, you need to add multiple connectors; there is no "branching" connector shape.
If you are trying to create a point-to-point connection and having a difficult time gluing a connector exactly where you want it, try different snap and glue settings:
- On the Tools menu, click Snap & Glue, and then on the General tab, select the options that you want.
If you glue to shape geometry, a shape handle, or a shape vertex, a connection point is automatically added if one didn't already exist.