How to Connect PowerPoint 2007 Shapes on a Diagram

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:

1

Select the two shapes that you want to connect.

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

2

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

The Shapes gallery comes to life.

3

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.

4

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

The selection hand turns red.

5

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.

 
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