Draw a line or connector

If you want to use a line to connect shapes and keep them connected, you may want to draw a connector instead of a normal line. A connector looks like a line, but it stays connected to the shapes you attach it to.

Do one of the following:

ShowDraw a line

  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 Lines, and then click the line style you want.
  2. Drag to draw the line.
  3. Do one or both of the following:
    • To constrain the line to draw at 15-degree angles from its starting point, hold down SHIFT as you drag.
    • To lengthen the line in opposite directions from the first end point, hold down CTRL as you drag.

ShowTip

If you just want to draw a straight line, click Line Button image on the Drawing toolbar, and then drag to draw the line.

ShowDraw 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 attach the connector.

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

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

Locked or attached connectors appear as red circles. Unlocked connectors appear as green circles.

 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Word 2003