Visio Connectors Part 3 – Rerouting connectors (and glue)

In this third part of our series on Visio Connectors, we'll try to demystify the Glue and Rerouting behaviors.

(And if you haven't already, please check out part one and part two of the series, as they explore the foundations of Visio connectors. For example, when exploring the Glue behavior, it's a big help to understand the difference between a static and dynamic connector.)

In today's entry, we will explore:

  • Connector re-routing
  • Manage the glue behavior

Glue settings

Getting your head around exactly what Glue does can be confusing, especially since you can change the settings, and it will have no effect on an existing Visio drawing.

In the example shown in the video below, you can disable the default Glue behavior when you don't want connected elements to remain with one another while moving around the Visio canvas.

To manage Glue settings:

  1. From the View tab, choose the dialog box launcher under Visual Aids.
  2. In the Currently Active column, uncheck the Glue setting.

configure Visio Glue settings

And perhaps the most important point to bear in mind is that the Glue settings affect and new connections made on the drawing. Existing connections remain unaffected.

What's more, it's important to highlight that not only are there document level glue settings, there are also layer level glue settings. I know, right?

To make glue active for the a specific layer in the drawing, go to the Home tab, and then from the Editing group, choose Layers | Layer Properties...

Configure line rerouting

Another connector behavior that can drive a man or woman to drink is how the connectors will automatically reroute whenever another shape is added and dragged close to the connector.

But that's just connector rerouting in action, and the good news is that you can tweak this behavior with just a couple of settings - if you know where these settings live.

It's hardly obvious.

Fortunately, there are articles like this to show you the way. First, you have to enable the Developer tab. Then, just follow these steps

  1. Select the shape causing the connector to move.
  2. On the Developer tab, look in the shape design group and click on behavior.
  3. In the behavior settings dialog box, go to the placement tab.
  4. In the placement behavior drop-down select either of the two options below:


Check it out in all it's video glory!


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