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How do I reposition text on a connector line in visio 2010

I have Visio 2010 installed.  I connect two objects on a new document I created. I click the connection line and type text. The text appears on whatever visio is determining to be the default.

I now want to move the text to another part of the line, but still have the text stay "attached" to the connector so that when i move objects around the text on the line follows with the connector.

I've tried everything I can think of.  The manuals all say there will be a yellow "handle" that I can do this with.  

I've tried highlighting the text - no yellow handle.
I've tried clicking the "Text" tool button - no yellow handle.

What am I doing wrong.

I hate microsoft for making things that should be intuitive, NOT intuitive.

Thanks for any help you can lend.

Ricardo
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
The problem may be the difference between a "line" and a "connector".

If you connect the two objects using the line tool (Home tab, Tools group, click the upper right tools button and select Line) then you have a generic line that does not have any special properties, including the control handle you're looking for.
 lineOn the other hand,  if you use the connector tool (Home tab, Tools group, click the Connector tool), you should get what you're looking for (red arrow in image below points to control handle).
 connector
BTW, there are other ways to create connectors other than using the Connector tool. Clicking the blue AutoConnect triangles that appear when you hover over a shape "shoots" a connector onto the page. Also, you can click and drag from one blue triangle to another shape on the page to add a connector.

Please let me know whether this helps or if you still have a problem.
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dgintz1217Author Commented:
I AM doing this:

On the other hand,  if you use the connector tool (Home tab, Tools group, click the Connector tool), you should get what you're looking for (red arrow in image below points to control handle).
 
Still no yellow handle!

Frustrating - any other ideas?

Thanks
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
One thought -- the standard behavior for the connector is that the control handle is only visible if there is text. If you select a connector that has no text, the control handle doesn't appear.

If that isn't the problem, can you post a diagram that doesn't behave properly? I'll take a look to see whether I can figure out what's going on.
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Visio_GuyCommented:
This is mildly related to this discussion. The article has a connector that you can download where the text is parallel to the path of the connector. It may be of interest:

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
http://www.visguy.com/2010/02/09/text-along-a-connectors-path-in-microsoft-visio-2010/
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dgintz1217Author Commented:
Visio Guy - I have a feeling that it has something to do with how old my visio document is.  I think I heard there was a utility that would update older visios so that these connector handles would show - any idea where I might find that?

Thanks,
Ricardo
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Ricardo -- I'm puzzled a bit by your response to Visio Guy. In your original question you said you have Visio 2010 and that you connected "two objects on a new document". But in your response to him, you wondered whether the age of your document is a factor...

Do the control handles appear in a new Visio 2010 diagram but not in a diagram created with an older version of Visio? Or are they always missing?

Why don't you attach a diagram that doesn't show control handles so we can test it? If we see control handles and you don't, or if we don't see them either, at least that gives us additional information to work with.

Scott
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Visio_GuyCommented:
Older diagrams will have older connectors--possibly without the text-control handles. I can't think of where the updating utility might be, though...
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dgintz1217Author Commented:
Scott-
Thanks for your question.  Here's the scenario:

1. I opened an older .vsd file in 2010 - no yellow handles
2. I created a new .vsd in that same instance and put two objects on the page and connected them - still no yellow handles.
3. I sent my messages into expert exchange

Then while waiting I did this:

1. Started a fresh visio 2010 from scratch - no doc
2. Created a test doc with two objects and did the connector - and it DID have the yellow handle!

SO that's why I'm thinking it might relate to the fact that visio 2010 was started with an older .vsd and its templates and even creating a new document, but using those templates on the page, it caused a problem.

That make sense? You know if there is a utility to "cleanup" older .vsd's?

THanks
Ricardo
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Thanks for the clarification, Ricardo. This makes sense:
Then while waiting I did this:

1. Started a fresh visio 2010 from scratch - no doc
2. Created a test doc with two objects and did the connector - and it DID have the yellow handle!

However, I can't think of a good reason why you don't see control handles in a new drawing created in the same Visio instance that contains an old drawing. But let's take that at face value for the moment.

To answer your question, I don't know of a utility to add control handles to existing lines. It would be possible to write a macro to accomplish that, if you have dozens of connectors to change. If fewer than that, it's probably easier to do the job manually using these three steps:
delete the existing connectors from the diagram
remove the old connector master from the document stencil
use Visio 2010 AutoConnect or the Connector Tool to redraw the connectors

If you need help with the middle step, let me know.
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dgintz1217Author Commented:
Scott - I will give that a shot.
Thanks and will get back to you on results.
Ricardo
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dgintz1217Author Commented:
Thanks!
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