by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 14, 2015)
Drawing shapes are a great way to add common graphic flourishes to your document. The drawing capabilities of Word allow you to define connectors that link different shapes together. These connectors are available if you create your drawing within the drawing canvas, and they are dynamic in nature. This means that even if you move the connected shapes around on the canvas, the connectors stretch, bend, and move as necessary to keep the links valid.
To see how connectors work, try this:
Figure 1. One end of the connector is anchored, and the mouse is being moved to the other shape.
Now you can move the original shapes around and the connector remains connected to the two connection points you selected. You can add additional shapes, as desired, with any connectors you desire.
You should be aware that connectors are only available between shapes placed on the drawing canvas. If you try to create a connector involving a shape that is outside of the drawing canvas, connectors are no longer available from the menus or ribbon.
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