by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 18, 2013)
AutoShapes are a great way to add common graphic flourishes to your document. If you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003, the drawing capabilities of Word allow you to define connectors that link different AutoShapes 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 AutoShapes around on the canvas, the connectors stretch, bend, and move as necessary to keep the links valid.
To see how connectors work, try this if you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003:
Figure 1. One end of the connector is anchored, and the mouse is being moved to the other AutoShape.
Now you can move the original AutoShapes around, and the connector remains connected to the two connection points you selected. You can add additional AutoShapes, as desired, with any connectors you desire.
You should be aware that connectors are only available between AutoShapes that are placed within the drawing canvas. If you try to create a connector involving an AutoShape that is outside of the drawing canvas, connectors are no longer available from the menus or ribbon.
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