Visio 2003 - straightening up connectors

Posted on 2012-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-10-01
Hi, I am somewhat of a novice on Visio.

I need to straighten up my connectors in a visio file; i.e. north/south straight. I have tried selecting them then using Shape > Align shapes but they don't straighten up.

Right clicking them and selecting 'Straight connector' is not the answer to my problem because the lines are not bent.

I want them to point immediately to the north and immediately to the south. Instead, for example, the top points slightly north-west.

When I drag the top to manually straighten the connector, it moves too great a distance.

I have tried adjusting the settings via Tools > Ruler & Grid  but it doesn't seem to make any difference.

The file is attached, the connectors I refer to are the red arrows.

:-( Any suggestions?
Question by:kazmdav
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi K,

    If you align the shapes that the connectors are glued to, then you should be able to get the straightened-out lines that you are looking for.

    For example, let's select two shapes:
    1. Click on the top rectangle (ie: "Current clinical data...")
    2. Hold down the Shift key, then click the middle rectangle (ie: "Current data highlighted...")
    3. Choose: Shape > Align > Center

    Your shapes will be horizontally aligned, and the connectors should be straight.

    You might also want to glue the bottom connectors to the Save button shape. Select the end points of the connectors (the handles that aren't red!) and drag them over the center of the Save shape to glue them.

    You'll notice that the connector bends aren't quite lined up, and are offset vertically as they come into the Save shape. You can tweak the layout options to remedy this:

    1. Right-click on a page tab and choose Page Setup. (Or is it under File in Visio 2003? I can't remember)
    2. In the Page Setup dialog, Set the Routing > Overlap drop-down to: All Lines, then click Apply or OK.

    The line bends should now be aligned.

    Author Comment

    Sorry ive taken a while to come back here. Thank u Visio Guy i will follow your instructions this coming tue at work and probably close & allocate my question.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the extra tips.... loved them! You're a gem Visio guy. All good now.

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