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Reroute Connectors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to reroute connectors automatically and manually within PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. These ideas can help if you don't like how existing connectors are presently routed.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

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.

Reroute Connectors option
Figure 1: Reroute Connectors option

This will reroute the connector to the closest points between the shapes (see Figure 2).

Automatically reroute your connector between two shapes
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.

Some connectors may have more than one yellow diamond
Figure 3: Some connectors may have more than one yellow diamond

Tip: Don't see any yellow diamonds on selected connectors? Yellow diamonds show up only on elbow and curved connectors, and not on straight connectors. Look at our Connector Types tutorials to learn about different types of connectors.

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.

Dragging diamonds reorients the connector
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.
Tip: If you end up with a straight connector that you want to reorient, just change it to another connector type, and then reroute as required.

See Also:

Reroute Connectors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Reroute Connectors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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