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I am pretty much a newb when it comes to MS Visio, but I need to put together a diagram of our system. Having bravely plunged in, I now find myself dealing with an annoying issue that I am sure there is, or should be a simple solution to if only I knew who to ask .... Well, I do know who to ask, so here we go: The problem is that the Data Flow lines do not want to do what I want them to. I can connect two shapes, and Visio makes its  determination as to the optimal path for the line, however it is not an optimal path as far as I see it. I would like it take a different path, but when I try to adjust the line it move the entire path and no longer connects the objects as it should. In addition the label on the Data Flow line is overlaying another object, I want to move the label to a different portion of the line but see no way to do that. How can I resolve these issues.

Thank you for your help in advance,
Leon
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by:leonstryker
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Well, this is very helpful in terms of letting me be able to define my own bends in the lines: Making Bends

I still need to be able to move the labels though and will thus keep the question open for now.
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If you're using what is the default line type in many Visio diagrams, it's something called a dynamic connector. The "dynamic" part of the name is the behavior you've seen that causes bends to appear automatically as you move the shapes on either end. The default dynamic connector includes a control handle to move the text label -- there's an example in this screenshot:screenshot
You should be able to click and drag the gold handle to move the text.
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Do not see those control handles in in my connectors. Is this a special one from somewhere?
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You can create dynamic connectors with the Connector toolconnector on the Home tab. Also, the dynamic connector is the line type used when you click the AutoConnect triangles that appear when you hover over shapes in many diagram types.autoconnect
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I see. I was using different connectors that did not have that option. Thank you for your help.
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