Drawing Continuous Connectors in Visio

By stretch | Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 3:03 a.m. UTC

Dynamic connectors in Microsoft Visio will typically have no more than one ninety-degree angle. This behavior keeps the line rendering as simple as possible. Of course, sometimes one need connectors to travel out of their way a bit across more complex drawings in order to keep things clear.

A connector can be manipulated so that it spawns additional angles by holding the shift or control key while dragging its midpoint. Holding the shift key will break out the middle of the line, creating four new right angles (the first example below). Holding the control key will create a single angle of an arbitrary degree at the midpoint (the second example below).

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To create just two new right angles, you can create a breakout like the example above and then simply move one portion of the connector in line with the breakout; it should snap right in place. This will fuse the two sections of line back into one.

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You can repeat this process at junctions where you want a connector to change direction to create very orderly (or in the case below, chaotic) connectors with a predictable path from end to end.

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Jeremy Stretch is a network engineer living in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. He is known for his blog and cheat sheets here at Packet Life. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.

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Comments


paulkil (guest)
April 11, 2012 at 4:16 p.m. UTC

I like this, thanks.

Is there a way to make the text in a curved line stay parallel with the line i.e. be curved also?

I remember getting this to work years ago but can't remember at all at all.


Will (guest)
April 11, 2012 at 7:44 p.m. UTC

Super, I didnt know that. This is much better thant he squiggly line i've been using. Thanks a lot


veritasvitaamor (guest)
April 12, 2012 at 5:09 p.m. UTC

If you get time maybe you could come up with a Visio Cheat Sheet, or for that matter any and all of the Office Applications cheat sheets.


Candy
April 14, 2012 at 7:16 a.m. UTC

got it


MeirGan (guest)
April 15, 2012 at 12:42 p.m. UTC

Very neat. Thanks!
BTW, can you post link to your cisco's visio stensil ?


williamO (guest)
April 24, 2012 at 2:17 a.m. UTC

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http://hakin9.org/exploiting-software-0412/


ifti (guest)
May 6, 2012 at 11:10 a.m. UTC

its great!!!!!


rush2112 (guest)
May 27, 2012 at 8:12 a.m. UTC
Alex (guest)
May 27, 2012 at 12:46 p.m. UTC

thanks a lot ,it's really useful .


Tony (guest)
April 21, 2015 at 6:17 a.m. UTC

Perfect - thanks exactly what I was after shift and ctrl!


Shalin (guest)
June 29, 2015 at 7:09 a.m. UTC

I use creately to create network diagrams. before that I used packet tracer from Cisco. Is visio better than both?

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