Drawing Connectors in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to draw connectors in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Connectors are lines that link different shapes, and yet they are somewhat different from conventional lines because - connectors, as the name implies stay connected to the shapes they link -- even if you move the actual shapes. You have already learned about connectors, and the types of connectors in previous tutorials -- in this tutorial, you will learn how you can draw connectors that link shapes.
Follow these steps to draw a connector between shapes:
- Insert two closed shapes on the slide (learn how to
insert shapes in PowerPoint 2013).
Access the Insert tab (or the Home tab) of the
and click the Shapes button to bring up the Shapes drop-down gallery. From
the Lines section, choose any of the first nine variants, as shown in
Figure 1: Lines category within Shapes drop-down gallery
- This changes the cursor into a crosshair. Notice that as you move the cursor near the first shape, you'll find
several blue circle handles highlighted on the edge of the shape (see the shape on the left in Figure 2).
Click on any of these blue handles to establish one end of your connector.
Figure 2: Blue circle handles highlighted on the shape
- Move the cursor towards the shape you want to connect (as shown in the shape to the right in
Figure 3). Click again on any of the blue circle handles on the second shape to create the
connector between two shapes.
Figure 3: Connect to other shape
- This creates a connector, as shown in Figure 4. Select any shape, and click on the
arrow keys on your keyboard to
nudge the shape -- you will find that
the connector resizes and repositions according to the new coordinates of the shape.
Figure 4: Connector connected to both the shapes
Note: If your connector gets linked to a shape, the end of the connector line displays a green circle (see top left example in Figure 5). If it does not get linked, you will see a white square (see bottom right example in Figure 5). 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 green circle at the connector's ends -- only then you can be assured that the ends are connected.
Figure 5: Connectors may or may not be linked properly
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