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Using connectors

I have two drawing objects and I drew a connector to connect them. The problem is that when I move either object, the so-called connector does not move with it. Aren't the objects supposed to display red dots when I first draw the connector? That did not happen.

I tried doing the same thing in PowerPoint 2007. Both objects displayed red dots when I connected them with the connector. But as with Word, when I move either object, the connector does not move at all.
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BillDLCommented:
Yes, for the connector to attach itself to both objects, it has to show the red dot at both ends.  As you click on the connector and start to move it onto the other drawing object, you should see blue dots on that shape telling you where you can attach the connector.  If you don't see them, then try reinserting the drawing object.  Be sure to grab the end of the connector right on the green dot as you drag that end of the connector towards the object to be connected.  The connector seems to get "unlocked" if you click it anywhere else other than the dots on the end, but clicking on the dot at the end seems to "lock" it again and turn the dots red.
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john8217Author Commented:
OK, in PowerPoint, the dots turn red. I need to attach the connectors to any of the red dots and that will do it. But in Word, I still get nothing, no colored dots.
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BillDLCommented:
Hi John.

I believe that I MAY have found the reason that the dots on the ends of your Word connectors aren't showing on your system.  Try this:

Tools > Options > General tab.
Check the "Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting autoshapes" box.

With this option enabled, when you insert an object it sets your drawn autoshape into a frame not dissimilar to a Text Box, but it has noticeable black corner and side place holders that act as drag handles.  You'll only see this Canvas when you click back inside the area that it encloses, and Right-Clicking in it offers the option to "Show Drawing Canvas Toolbar" and "Format Drawing Canvas".

Whenever you mouseover on an inserted autoshape that lies inside the canvas area, you should see blue dots appearing at the points to which you will be able to attach a connector when dragged over to it by its green dot, and the dot at the end of the connector should turn red.

Without the option set to automatically place inserted autoshapes into a Canvas, the end dots of my connectors do not change to red and connected shapes will not be hitched up so that they move together as linked units.

I am hopeful that Word 2007 has this same option, but I cannot say for certain as I have yet to try out, and lose my way, in Word 2007.
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john8217Author Commented:
Yes, you were right. I go to: Office button \ Word Options \ Advanced \ "Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes." Thanks
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you John
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