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Drawing a point to point connecting line in MS Word 2007

Posted on 2011-09-23
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I've got the grid lines enabled when drawing some shapes in MS Word 2007.

In old version of MS Word, I remember being able to draw a point to point connecting line.  I need to draw an arrow from shape A to shape B, with other shapes in the way.  So I need to draw an arrow line with more than one elbow to follow the grid lines e.g. like the one below, but I cant find a way of doing it.

I dont want the scribble option unless the path/line can be smoothened or made straight to fit the gridlines.  Also there used to be a feature as that you let go after drawing the first part of the line, the second part started and so on and so on until you finish clicking until a customised path was drawn in a gridline fashion.

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by:Flyster
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Go to the insert tab and select Shapes. Under Lines select the forth icon (it looks like a step.) Use this to create your path. Use the next icon for the arrowhead. See attached.

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Ok that's kind of cheating.  I was looking for way of making it a continuous route without having to break it up and start another option.  it makes for trickier positioning if I then need to change it, copy it for a another shape or group/ungroup it.

Isn't there a function to make it continuous like I described?
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I think I just figured it out. Go to shapes and right-click Line. Select Lock Drawing Mode. Draw the first segment of your line. Double left-click will start a new segment.
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Looking into it a little more, Lock Drawing Mode works for all the shapes. Select your shape, then right-click and select Lock Drawing Mode. Left-Click and drag the first segment of your shape. When you release the left button, the segment ends. Left-click again to start another segment. They don't have to be attached either. You can start and end each shape without having to go to Insert-Shapes each time.
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Yup, that's 90% of what I'm looking for, which should suffice.  A little annoying that this function is hidden away, as I would not have guessed you can right click on the shape icon.

Do you know if there is anyway of maintain the equivalent of the drawing toolbar from MS Word 2003, so that I dont need to constantly keep hitting the Insert menu for the ribbon to appear then select shapes time and time again.   I miss the function for having my customised tool bar in MS Word.

Finally, to complete the 90% above, I dont think there is a way of having the lines generated automatically grouped, I would still need to do that manually right?
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You can add shapes to your quick access tool bar, this will avoid having to go to the Insert tab. Just right-click shapes and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar. I can't think of any way to have just the lines property to appear as it did in 2003. As for having the lines automatically grouped, the closest thing I can think of would be to open a new document and add a new drawing canvas (Shapes-New Drawing Canvas.) Draw your shape and then save it. You can then copy that any time you need it and paste it into your document.
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