Visio 2010 Connector connects to unexpected shape

Allen Pitts
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Hello expert.

Some times when I try to connect two shapes with the connector tool one end of the
connection will go to a shape, not the one intended, almost automatically. Usually the unintended connection is to a shape which is a large shape near the edge like a boundary
or a border. Then I choose the end of the connector to reposition it and the little red box appears on the end of the connector and I begin to drag the connector to the right shape. But before I can get the connector attached to the correct shape the connector jumps to the wrong shape again.

Erggg!

Thanks.

Allen in Dallas
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Hi Allen,

It sounds like there is some big frame around all the shapes in your page that is attracting teh connector. I know the problem, it can be frustrating!

Two ideas:

1. When you go to connect, hold down the Ctrl key. Sometimes this helps you to narrow down what you are trying to connect to.
2. Set large frame or title block shapes to "not-connectable".
  A. Select the "big" shape
  B. On the Developer toolbar (you might have to show it...) click Behavior in the Shape Design group.
  C. Go to the Placement tab
  D. Set Placement Behavior = Do not layout and route around

I think one of these should fix your problem.

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