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How to remove extra Dynamic Connectors in Visio?

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I am working in creating a network diagram for my workplace. The diagram shows connections from servers to firewalls using a Ring Network. After making several modifications, I have extra dynamic connectors from the Ring Network Stencil (yellow diamonds).

How to the remove these extra dynamic connectors from the shape?

So far, I move them behind the sharp itself, but it makes it messy when shape is highlighted.
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So here's the deal with this "smart" shape: it has 8 sets of 8 control points. When you first drag the shape onto the page, numbers 1-8 are exposed, i.e., the control handles for those 8 lines sticks out from the token ring. Each of the yellow control handles inside the ring shape is actually 7 control handles stacked on top of each other. So the first time you drag the one on the left, you create connection point #9; the second time you drag that same control handle you get #17, then #25, etc. Moving clockwise, the next handle yields #10, 18, 26, ...

The reason I'm explaining all this is that I can't figure out an easy way to remove unused control points. Even the help text says just to drag unused one into the center of the ring to make them "disappear"!

It would be possible for me to write a macro that removes all control handles greater than a user-specified number -- but depending on which handles you've dragged out and used, the macro might remove some that are in use. However, you would end up with exactly as many as you'd want and the only downside is that you might have to move some connection points around to reattach your network devices.

Another option would be a macro that's a little smarter and checks to see whether a connector is in use before removing it. If in use, leave it; if not in use, remove it.

Both options are possible. Would you like to experiment with one of the other?

BTW, keep in mind that both options will also provide an upper limit on the number of connections you can make to your Token Ring. But then, a different macro could add more on demand...
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