Smart Art Shape Connections

Discussion in 'Word Graphics' started by Dave, May 15, 2010.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    In SmartArt, how do I do this:
    shape 1 on left connects to shapes 2 & 3 that are vertically arranged in the
    center, then shapes 2 & 3 connect to shape 4 on right.
    I can get shape 2 or 3 to connect to 4 seperately but not together
    Dave, May 15, 2010
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  2. Dave

    Jay Freedman Guest

    I don't know whether this will suit your purpose, but I would start by
    inserting the Nondirectional Cycle shape in either the Cycle group or
    the Relationship group, which has five boxes connected in a circle.
    Select one of the boxes and press Delete. You now have four boxes,
    left/right and top/bottom, connected in the manner you described. I
    don't think there's any way to make the connectors straight.

    --
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    Jay Freedman
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    On Sat, 15 May 2010 12:52:01 -0700, Dave
    <> wrote:

    >In SmartArt, how do I do this:
    >shape 1 on left connects to shapes 2 & 3 that are vertically arranged in the
    >center, then shapes 2 & 3 connect to shape 4 on right.
    >I can get shape 2 or 3 to connect to 4 seperately but not together
    Jay Freedman, May 15, 2010
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  3. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I want to be able to continue adding shapes to the right but not in a circle.

    "Jay Freedman" wrote:

    > I don't know whether this will suit your purpose, but I would start by
    > inserting the Nondirectional Cycle shape in either the Cycle group or
    > the Relationship group, which has five boxes connected in a circle.
    > Select one of the boxes and press Delete. You now have four boxes,
    > left/right and top/bottom, connected in the manner you described. I
    > don't think there's any way to make the connectors straight.
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    > Jay Freedman
    > Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
    > Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
    > newsgroup so all may benefit.
    >
    > On Sat, 15 May 2010 12:52:01 -0700, Dave
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > >In SmartArt, how do I do this:
    > >shape 1 on left connects to shapes 2 & 3 that are vertically arranged in the
    > >center, then shapes 2 & 3 connect to shape 4 on right.
    > >I can get shape 2 or 3 to connect to 4 seperately but not together

    > .
    >
    Dave, May 16, 2010
    #3
  4. Dave

    Jay Freedman Guest

    In that case, the best I can suggest is that you use a separate
    SmartArt object to create the additional shapes, and use an ordinary
    drawing line to connect the two objects.

    Microsoft has not made SmartArt flexible beyond the boundaries of what
    they''ve provided. This may be forced on them by the programming
    needed to make them behave as they do, but it's definitely restricted
    ("semi-Smart"?)

    On Sun, 16 May 2010 06:58:01 -0700, Dave
    <> wrote:

    >I want to be able to continue adding shapes to the right but not in a circle.
    >
    >"Jay Freedman" wrote:
    >
    >> I don't know whether this will suit your purpose, but I would start by
    >> inserting the Nondirectional Cycle shape in either the Cycle group or
    >> the Relationship group, which has five boxes connected in a circle.
    >> Select one of the boxes and press Delete. You now have four boxes,
    >> left/right and top/bottom, connected in the manner you described. I
    >> don't think there's any way to make the connectors straight.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Regards,
    >> Jay Freedman
    >> Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
    >> Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
    >> newsgroup so all may benefit.
    >>
    >> On Sat, 15 May 2010 12:52:01 -0700, Dave
    >> <> wrote:
    >>
    >> >In SmartArt, how do I do this:
    >> >shape 1 on left connects to shapes 2 & 3 that are vertically arranged in the
    >> >center, then shapes 2 & 3 connect to shape 4 on right.
    >> >I can get shape 2 or 3 to connect to 4 seperately but not together

    >> .
    >>


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    Jay
    Jay Freedman, May 16, 2010
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