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

Learn how to detach, re-attach, and delete connectors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can quickly ascertain if a connector is detached by moving it on the slide.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






When a connector is inserted to link two shapes or slide objects together, it gets attached to a certain point on both objects. For every object, there are several anchor points where you can attach a connector for a typical rectangle (or square) shape, you will see four anchor points (red squares) when you are attaching a connector to it, as shown in Figure 1.

Red anchor points indicate where connectors can be attached
Figure 1: Red anchor points indicate where connectors can be attached

Sometimes you may attach your connector to the wrong anchor point, and may need to detach it from that point, and attach it to some other anchor point or, maybe you connected to the wrong slide object altogether, and now want to detach the connector from one slide object and attach it to another. In this tutorial, we will explore ways to detach and attach connectors. First of all, let us explore if you need to detach at all in the first place.

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Do You Need to Detach?

If you have a connected slide object on your slide which you want to be repositioned elsewhere on the slide, you don't have to worry about detaching and then re-attaching the connector. When a slide object that has an attached connector is moved (or nudged), the connector moves along with it and automatically adjusts its length to accommodate the new distance between two linked slide objects. As you can see in Figure 2, the attached connector also moves when the shape is repositioned (or even when it is resized). The semi-transparent square without handles (and the semi-transparent connector) represents the shape's new position, and the selected square (with handles) represents the square's old position.

Moving the slide object also moves the attached connector
Figure 2: Moving the slide object also moves the attached connector

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Do Your Connectors Not Move at All?

Sometimes you may move your connected slide objects 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 does it show red circles on both ends, as 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, as shown in the example on the right in Figure 3.

Connector's attached end shows red circle, and unattached end shows light blue circle
Figure 3: Connector's attached end shows red circle, and unattached end shows light blue circle

Note: If your connector gets linked to a shape, the end of the connector line displays a red circle (see the example on the left in Figure 3). If it does not get linked, you will see a light blue circle (see example on the right in Figure 3). 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 of connector's ends,only then you can be assured that the ends are connected.
Tip: A connector is also a shape—so all tutorials that discuss shapes are relevant if you need to work with connectors.
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Detach and Attach Connectors

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

Alternatively, you can detach and drag the connector end to another slide object at the same time, to connect it to the other slide object. In Figure 4, towards left you can see the connector connecting two squares, and towards right, you can see the same connector detached from second square and attached to the picture above it.

Same connector detached from one slide object and attached to another
Figure 4: Same connector detached from one slide object and attached to another

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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 2010 for Windows

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