Connectors are lines that link different flowchart shapes (or any shapes you place within your Microsoft Office documents). They are different
from conventional lines because connectors, as the name implies stay connected to the shapes they are linked to. Move any "connected"
shape, and the connectors move and reorient with the shapes automatically. We will explore this further in this tutorial.
Remember: Draw your connectors only after the shapes they are going to link are placed. You'll need at least two flowchart shapes
to start with. If you draw your connector before the shapes are in place, your connector will end up being a mere line with no
Follow these step to connect two flowchart shapes:
- Insert two flowchart shapes, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Two flowchart shapes
In Figure 1
, the first oval shape with the Start
text is a Terminator
in flowchart parlance
whereas the second diamond shape with the Are you happy?
text is a Decision
shape. Learn more about flowchart
terminology in our Flowchart Symbols:
What They Represent?
- Now, access the Insert | Shape menu option to bring up a Media browser window, with the
Shapes tab active, as shown in Figure 2. Choose the Lines and Connectors category from the
Shape category drop-down list (highlighted in red within Figure 2). Now select the
Arrow shape, which is the second shape from the top left, as shown in Figure 2, below. This shape is a connector
that has an arrowhead at one end.
Figure 2: Choose a connector with an arrowhead
We need the arrowhead end of the connector to be “connected” to your Decision shape, and the non-arrowhead end will
emanate from the Terminator shape.
- When you select the required connector, the cursor changes into a crosshair. Notice that as you move the cursor near to the
Terminator shape, you'll find several red square handles highlighted on the shape (see top shape in Figure 3).
Click on any of these red handles to establish one end (the end without an arrowhead) of your connector.
Figure 3: Red square handles highlighted on the Terminator shape
- Move the cursor (don’t drag) toward the shape you want to connect (the Decision shape shown in Figure 4).
Click again on any of the red square handles on the second shape to create the connector between two shapes. Note that the arrowhead
of the connector will show on this end.
Figure 4: Connect to other shape
- This creates a connector, as shown in Figure 5. Select any shape, and click on the arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge the
shape. You will find that the connector reorients according to the new position of the shape.
Figure 5: Connector connected to both the shapes
If your connector is indeed linked to a shape, the end of the connector line that is connected to the shape displays a red
circle (see top shape in Figure 6
). If it does not get linked, you will see a bluish white circle (see the arrow head of the
connector in Figure 6
) when you select the connector. It is important to understand that mere "touching" of a
connector's end to a shape or slide object does not indicate that it has been linked to that shape or slide object. When you see a red circle on
both the ends of the connector, only then you can be assured that the ends are connected.
Connectors may or may not be linked properly
- Save your presentation often.
See Also: Using Flowchart and Connector
Shapes Together in Office 2013 for Windows
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