Reroute Connectors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to reroute connectors automatically, and also how you can use the yellow diamond handles in connectors within PowerPoint 2011.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Date Created: March 1st 2012
Last Updated: March 1st 2012
You have already learned about the amazing stuff you can do with connectors -- starting from drawing to formatting them. Many times when you draw connectors between slide objects, the connector may use the shortest path between two slide objects -- this might overlap the connector over other shapes, text boxes, or any other object. You might have another reason to use a longer connector between two slide objects as well -- whatever your reason may be, the good news is that you can easily reroute your connectors -- either automatically or manually.
When you use the automatic option to reroute the connector, it always links between two slide objects using the shortest route -- for longer paths, you will have to manually reroute the connector -- you will learn about both these options on this page.
Reroute Connectors Automatically
To fix the connector routing automatically, carefully right-click (or Ctrl-click) just the connector (not the slide objects that it connects) to bring up the the contextual menu -- choose the Reroute Connectors option that you see in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Reroute Connectors option
This will reroute the connector to the closest points between the shapes (compare Figures 2 and 1).
Figure 2: Connector automatically rerouted between two shapes
Reroute Connectors Manually
Figure 3: Example of a connector with more than one yellow diamond
What's so special about these yellow diamonds? They have special attributes to format the shape of the connector -- pulling them around lets you change the length and shape of your connector. Look at the top example in Figure 4, and compare it to the example on the bottom -- the difference in the connector's orientation was achieved by pulling the yellow diamond on the connector towards the second shape.
Figure 4: Dragging diamonds reorients the connector
Here are some guidelines on using the yellow diamonds to reroute connectors:
- For elbow connectors, the yellow diamond allows you to change the location of any branch of the elbow.
- For curve connectors, the yellow diamond allows you to change the curvature of the connector.
- Straight connectors need no manipulation, so they don't have any yellow diamonds.
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