The PowerPoint Shape gallery offers six different connectors. Use PowerPoint connectors to link different shapes and text boxes in a PowerPoint diagram. Connectors help describe the relationships between the people or things in your diagram. Connectors differ from conventional lines in an important way: After you attach one to a shape, it stays with the shape when you move the shape. You don’t have to worry about remaking all the connections after you move a shape.

Before you draw connections, draw the shapes and place them where you want them in your diagram. Then follow these steps to connect two shapes with a connector:


Select the two shapes that you want to connect.

To select the shapes, hold down the Ctrl key and click each one.


On the (Drawing Tools) Format tab, open the Shapes gallery.

The Shapes gallery comes to life.


Select the connector that will best fit between the two shapes you want to link together.

Elbow, Elbow Arrow, Elbow Double-Arrow, Curved, Curved Arrow, or Curved Double-Arrow are available but you can change your mind later as well as get a straight-line connector.


Move the pointer over a selection handle on one of the shapes you want to connect.

The selection hand turns red.


Click and drag the pointer over a selection handle on the other shape, and when that selection handle turns red, release the mouse button.

Red, round selection handles appear on the shapes where they are connected, and a diamond displays on the connector indicating that the two shapes are connected and will remain connected when you move them on a slide. The three types of connectors — (from top to bottom) elbow, straight, and curved.