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I'd like to change the default properties of the connector tool in Visio from right-angled lines with an arrow head to curved lines without arrows at either end. Can this be done? If so, how?

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up vote 19 down vote accepted
  1. Open your diagram
  2. Menu -> File -> Shapes -> Show Document Stencil.

    New Stencil window shows up in left of screen, with lots of shapes!)

  3. Select the "Dynamic Connector"!

  4. Right mouse-click -> Edit Master -> Edit Master Shape

    Master Shape is opened for editing.

  5. Change the Line Colour, Line Thickness, Arrow Type etc!

  6. Close the Master Shape.

    You will be asked, do you want to save and update all linked items.

Notice: If you say yes, this will change the format of all of the connectors that were created using the "Dynamic Connector" This worked for me in VISIO 2007, and is not the general DEFAULT, but the default for the current document you are working on. I am guessing it can also be applied to the standard visio template, but I have not attempted that.

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This is how you do it in 2010 Visio:

Go to your shapes fold out pane, mine is on the left.

Click on Document Stencil. It may be hidden so expand the listing area or scroll down if needed.

The rest is the same as one of the other answers here for 2007:

Right click on your Dynamic connector > Edit Master > Edit Master Shape Then change what you will! Make sure to save your changes.

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Thank you for this! Even the page on MSFT's site doesn't mention how to modify the default connector like this. – BSchlinker May 5 '12 at 0:28
I had to click "More Shapes > Show document stencil" to find it. – Duncan May 5 '15 at 7:55
These are also the same steps for Visio 2013 and 2016. – Holistic Developer Oct 7 '15 at 5:05
It's so intuitive.. 🙄 Thanks! – gawi Jun 2 at 21:01

Try changing the RouteStyle property on the Page Shape Sheet for your default template. For Jumps, Change Line Jump Code as desired.

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Another option is to save your customized connector in a diagram to the Favorites bar. Then use that instead of connector button on the menu group.

  1. On More Shapes click Favorites.
  2. Right-click the Favorites title bar, and then click Edit Stencil.
  3. Drag your custom connector (that is curved) to the Favorites stencil.
  4. Right-click the Favorites title bar, and then click Save.
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Good enough! thank you. – yurib Jan 6 '11 at 19:36

Works for Visio 2010, not sure of other versions.

  1. Turn on Developers Mode

    • Go to Tools->Options->Advanced Tab
    • Check "Run in Developers Mode" and click OK
  2. Change the default connector

    • Go to Format->Define Styles
    • Select Name: Connector in first drop-down box
    • Change Formats for connector as needed and click Apply


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This worked for me in Visio 2007. :) – cxw Mar 16 at 13:04

I don't know if you can change the default connector type to curved one. But you can do like this: draw your diagram fully by using default right angle connector. After finishing select all the diagram by ctrl+a. Then click "Design" menu group. On the far right end there is a Connectors button. Click down arrow and select curved lines. All the connectors will convert to curved... Hope this helps...

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Select the connector. Find the Line menu:


Go to the Arrows sub menu and select style. Weight, Dashes and Line Options will also help... Line options makes curved cornes...

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Thanks, but thats not exactly what i wanted. I'd like the default connector that gets drawn will already be with some specific properties without me having to set them for every new connector i make. – yurib Jan 6 '11 at 10:42

If you can't successfully change the default using any of the suggestions above, a quick way to change all the arrows on your drawing to basic lines or vice versa is to use 'select by type'

On the home ribbon, under Editing/Select, choose 'Select by Type'

In the dialog, Select by Shape Role, and check Connectors

Click OK, then pick Shape Styles/Line/Arrows off the Home ribbon and select no arrows option.

Hey presto, they're all straight lines.

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