Connecting Shapes

One of the most fundamental tasks in constructing a diagram of any sort is connecting shapes together.  This can indicate flow in a process, a hierarchy in an organization or project or the steps in a procedure – whatever the application, it is an essential requirement.

You can use several methods of Connecting Shapes in Visio

There are a great many ways of connecting shapes to one another in Microsoft Visio 2007.  Visio regards shapes as having either 1 or 2 dimensions and treats the ways of connecting shapes accordingly.   A shape is usually a line if it has one dimension, and lines can be used to connect shapes in several ways. For example, they could be used as a straight, curved or freeform connectors when used for connecting shapes together. Two dimensional shapes are usually polygons of one sort or another, but it is worth checking as some shapes that appear 2 dimensional are in fact only one dimensional.

 Connecting shapes dynamically

The other alternative to joining shapes with lines is to use dynamic connectors. Dynamic connectors are used for connecting shapes in a way that is flexible, so that if one of the shapes is moved, the dynamic connector moves with it. There are also ways in which this type of connection differ; this tutorial video looks at each one in detail and explains the benefits and where it would be advantageous to use them.

Connecting shapes in Visio


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