Connecting Shapes in Visio 2010

There are a number of ways of connecting shapes together in Visio, but the release of Visio 2010 expands the choice by some magnitude. New features such as AutoAdd and AutoDelete are on offer in this version and add to the already impressive AutoConnect functions that were introduced on Visio 2007 and made connecting shapes child’s play.

Connecting shapes with one click

connecting shapes with AutoConnect

TIP: In order to take advantage of the new methods of connecting shapes in a drawing you must ensure that the AutoConnect arrows are turned on. This is easy to do – simply visit the View tab and from the Visual Aids group, tick the AutoConnect box. Once they are visible, hovering over an AutoConnect arrow displays a new mini toolbar that shows four of the popular shapes associated with the type of drawing you  are using.


Connecting shapes to different shapes

If you want to automatically connect an existing shape to one not on the mini toolbar, just select it in the stencil before hovering your mouse over the AutoConnect button and instead of the standard options you will be connecting shapes of different types. This applies equally to connecting shapes that are held on different stencils – find the shape on the stencil first, then use the AutoConnect feature to add it.

Connecting shapes in other ways

This tutorial includes:

  • Selecting the right template
  • Minimizing the Shapes window
  • Dragging shapes onto the drawing page
  • AutoAlign bars
  • The Connector tool
  • Shape Connection points
  • Connecting shapes with the Line tool
  • Gluing shapes
  • Breaking a connection

In this first tutorial we look at using the connector tool and also the line tool for connecting shapes together. Either of these methods can be used for connecting shapes; we discuss how the method used alters the way the connection points are glued.


Connecting Shapes in Visio 2010


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