ConnectorFormat Object (Publisher)

Contains properties and methods that apply to connectors. A connector is a line that attaches two other shapes at points called connection sites. If you rearrange shapes that are connected, the geometry of the connector will be automatically adjusted so that the shapes remain connected.

Use the ConnectorFormat property of the Shape object or the ShapeRange collection to return a ConnectorFormat object. Use the BeginConnect and EndConnect methods of the ConnectorFormat object to attach the ends of the connector to other shapes in the publication. Use the RerouteConnections method of the Shape object and ShapeRange collection to automatically find the shortest path between the two shapes connected by the connector. Use the Connector property to see whether a shape is a connector.

Note that you assign a size and a position when you add a connector to the Shapes collection, but the size and position are automatically adjusted when you attach the beginning and end of the connector to other shapes in the collection. Therefore, if you intend to attach a connector to other shapes, the initial size and position you specify are irrelevant. Likewise, you specify which connection sites on a shape to attach the connector to when you attach the connector, but using the RerouteConnections method after the connector is attached may change which connection sites the connector attaches to, making your original choice of connection sites irrelevant.

The following example adds two rectangles to the active publication and connects them with a curved connector.

Dim shpAll As Shapes 
Dim firstRect As Shape 
Dim secondRect As Shape 
Set shpAll = ActiveDocument.Pages(1).Shapes 
Set firstRect = shpAll.AddShape(Type:=msoShapeRectangle, _ 
 Left:=100, Top:=50, Width:=200, Height:=100) 
Set secondRect = shpAll.AddShape(Type:=msoShapeRectangle, _ 
 Left:=300, Top:=300, Width:=200, Height:=100) 

With shpAll.AddConnector(Type:=msoConnectorCurve, BeginX:=0, _ 
 BeginY:=0, EndX:=0, EndY:=0).ConnectorFormat 
 .BeginConnect ConnectedShape:=firstRect, ConnectionSite:=1 
 .EndConnect ConnectedShape:=secondRect, ConnectionSite:=1 
End With
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