You have already learned about all the amazing stuff you can do with connectors in your PowerPoint 2010 for Windows slides, all the way from drawing connectors to formatting connectors. Many times when you draw connectors between shapes, the connector may use the shortest path between two shapes—this might mean that your connector overlaps other shapes, text boxes, or any other object that you don't want to overlap. You might have another reason to use a longer connector between two shapes 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 options, the connector always links between two shapes using the shortest route. For longer paths, you will have to use the manual options—you will learn about these options on this page.
Reroute Connectors Automatically
To fix the connector routing automatically, just right click on the connector to bring up the contextual menu that you see in Figure 1. Choose the Reroute Connectors option.
Figure 1: Reroute Connectors option
This will reroute the connector to the closest points between the shapes (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Automatically reroute your connector between two shapes
Reroute Connectors Manually
To reroute connectors manually, you first need to select just the connector (not the shapes that it links). You will find one or more yellow diamonds on the connector, as shown in Figure 3 below.
Figure 3: Some connectors may have more than one yellow diamond
What's so special about these yellow diamonds? They have special attributes to format the shape of the connector (learn about yellow diamonds for shapes). Pulling them around lets you change the length and shape of your connector. Look at the left example in Figure 4, and compare it to the example on the right—the difference in the connector's orientation was achieved by pulling the yellow diamond on the connector towards the first 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.