Reroute or move connectors between shapes

A connector is a line that connects two shapes and stays connected to the shapes that you attach it to. The three types of connectors are straight, elbow (angled), and curved. Connection points appear at the ends of a connector, and additional connection points are indicated by circular dots when you move your mouse pointer over a shape. Connection points appear as red dots in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, and as blue dots in Microsoft Office Word 2007 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. These dots indicate where you can attach a connector to a shape.

Rerouted connector

Example of shapes with a rerouted connector

Although connectors remain attached to and move with shapes, you may want to automatically reroute or manually move connectors to make more direct connections and keep connectors from crossing shapes.

Automatically reroute a connector to the closest points between shapes

  1. Select the connected shape or connector that you want to reroute.

If multiple connectors are attached to a shape, select only the connectors that you want to reroute.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit Shape Button image, and then click Reroute Connectors.

Drawing Tools Format tab

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Manually move a connector

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Excel

To manually move a connector, detach either end from a shape, and then attach the end to another connection site on the same shape, or attach it to a different shape.

  • Click the connector that you want to move, and then do one of the following:
    • To move one end of the connector, drag the end, and then click to connect it to another connection point on the same shape or on a different shape.

Attached connection points on the line appear as red circles. Unattached connection points on the line appear as light blue (almost transparent) circles.

  • To detach the entire connector, drag its middle.

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Outlook

To manually move a connector, detach either end from a shape, and then attach the end to another connection site on the same shape, or attach it to a different shape.

  • Click the connector that you want to move, and then do one of the following:
    • To move one end of the connector, drag the end, and then click to connect it to another connection point on the same shape or on a different shape.

Attached connection points on the line appear as red circles. Unattached connection points on the line appear as green circles.

  • To detach the entire connector, drag its middle.

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PowerPoint

To manually move a connector, detach either end from a shape, and then attach the end to another connection site on the same shape, or attach it to a different shape.

  • Click the connector that you want to move, and then do one of the following:
    • To move one end of the connector, drag the end, and then click to connect it to another connection point on the same shape or on a different shape.

Attached connection points on the line appear as red circles. Unattached connection points on the line appear as light blue (almost transparent) circles.

  • To detach the entire connector, drag its middle.

 Notes 

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Word

To manually move a connector, detach either end from a shape, and then attach the end to another connection site on the same shape, or attach it to a different shape.

  • Click the connector that you want to move, and then do one of the following:
    • To move one end of the connector, drag the end, and then click to connect it to another connection point on the same shape or on a different shape.

Attached connection points on the line appear as red circles. Unattached connection points on the line appear green circles.

  • To detach the entire connector, drag its middle.

 Notes 

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007