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Change Connector Type in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to change between connector types in PowerPoint 2010.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP


June 9th 2011






You have already learned that there are essentially three types of connectors that you can use to link shapes in PowerPoint 2010 -- also you can add any of these three connectors (straight, elbow, or curved) as per your requirements. However, what will you do if you added a connector of one type and later realize that you should have used a different type? You need not delete that connector, and draw another one because PowerPoint 2010 allows you to change from one connector type to another fairly easily:

  1. Carefully select just the connector (not the shapes that it connects) -- and then right click to get the contextual menu shown in Figure 1.

    Contextual menu brought up by right clicking the connector
    Figure 1: Contextual menu brought up by right clicking the connector

  2. From the contextual menu, choose the Connector Types option to bring out the flyout menu you see in Figure 2. Click on the connector type that you want to change to.

    Choose new connector type
    Figure 2: Choose new connector type

  3. Figure 3 shows how we changed a Straight connector to an Elbow connector (compare to Figure 1).

    Straight connector is changed to an Elbow connector
    Figure 3: Straight connector is changed to an Elbow connector

See Also:

Change Connector Type in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Change Connector Type in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 

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