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Detach, Re-attach, and Delete Connectors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to detach, re-attach, and delete connectors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. You can quickly ascertain if a connector is detached by moving it on the slide.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

When a connector is drawn to link two shapes together, it gets attached to a certain point on both shapes. These points are typically those that show red squares when you are attaching them to a connector, as shown in Figure 1.

Red square handles highlight to show that connectors can be attached to them
Figure 1: Red square handles highlight to show that connectors can be attached to them

Sometimes you may attach your connector to the wrong red square, and may need to detach it from that point, and attach it somewhere else. Or maybe you connected to the wrong shape altogether, and now want to detach the connector from one shape and attach it to another. In this tutorial, we will explore ways to detach and attach connectors and also, we will explore if you need to detach at all in the first place.


Do You Need to Detach?

If you just need the same shape repositioned elsewhere on the slide, you don't have to worry about detaching and then re-attaching the connector. When a shape that has an attached connector is moved (or nudged), the connector moves along with the shape and automatically adjusts its length to accommodate the new distance between two linked shapes. As you can see in Figure 2, the attached connector also moves when the shape is repositioned (or even resized) the semi-transparent square with handles (and the semi-transparent connector) represents the shape's original position, and the selected square (with handles) represents the shape's new position.

Moving shapes also moves the attached connector
Figure 2: Moving shapes also moves the attached connector


Do Your Connectors Not Move at All?

Sometimes you may move your shapes and yet your connectors may not reposition at all. That's because even though it might appear to you that the connector is linked, it might not be so. Do remember that connectors can be selected as well, so go ahead and select your connector by clicking once on it. Now look at both ends of your connector do they have red circle handles, as shown on both ends of the connector you see in the example shown on the left in Figure 3? Or is one of the connector ends unattached, as identified by the light blue circle handle, as shown in the example on the right in Figure 3.

Attached connector ends have red circle handles, and unattached connector ends show a light blue circle handle
Figure 3: Attached connector ends have red circle handles, and unattached connector ends show a light blue circle handle

Tip: A connector is also a shape so all tutorials that discuss shapes are relevant if you need to work with connectors.

Detach and Attach Connectors

To detach a connector, select the connector. Then click on one of the ends, and drag off. This detaches the connector from one shape. To attach it to another shape, drag the connector's end to that shape so that you see red square handles (as shown in Figure 1, earlier on this page). Then attach the connector end to any of those handles.

Alternatively, you can detach and thereafter drag the connector end to another shape at the same time to connect it to the other shape, as shown in Figure 4.

Connector attached to another shape
Figure 4: Connector attached to another shape


Delete a Connector

Do you want to just delete a connector, and start from scratch all over again. Just select the connector and press the Delete key on your keyboard.


See Also:

Detach, Re-attach, and Delete Connectors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Detach, Re-attach, and Delete Connectors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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