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?
Open your diagram
Menu -> File -> Shapes -> Show Document Stencil.
New Stencil window shows up in left of screen, with lots of shapes!)
Select the "Dynamic Connector"!
Right mouse-click -> Edit Master -> Edit Master Shape
Master Shape is opened for editing.
Change the Line Colour, Line Thickness, Arrow Type etc!
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.
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. You may need to click More Shapes -> Show Document Stencil.
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. Click on the line to select it. Then change what you will! Make sure to save your changes.
Visio 2013 and later use Themes to define the default connector. Here's how to change the Theme that affects the default connector (the one used when choosing the Connector tool on the ribbon or by pressing CTRL+3). This affects the current document only:
Add the Define Styles command to the ribbon (it's not there by default):
a. In the File menu choose Options then select Customize Ribbon in the left pane.
e. click OK to close Visio Options.
Make the desired changes. In my case, I removed the arrow from the end of the connector that was being added by the document template I had chosen.
Click OK to close the dialogs and you're done!
Thanks to poster jynlmb in this thread on Microsoft's Visio forum for pointing me in the right direction to discover this.
Just a note, the accepted answer is 100% correct, however, when I did it in Visio 2016, the default connector was already a line with no arrows and yet every connector had a bloody arrow. I had to change it to something else, save it, go back, change it back to no arrows, and then save it again. After that the connectors were arrowless. I tried just saving after making other changes but that didn't help. I had to change it to arrows then back again after saving.
Here's how to do that:
- On the Developer tab of the ribbon in the Show/Hide group check Document Stencil.
- In the Stencils pane, select the Document Stencil stencil.
- Right-click the Dynamic Connector shape and choose Edit Master > Edit Master Shape.
- Add arrows to the shape, then exit and save it.
- Repeat step 3.
- Remove the arrows from the shape, then save it again.
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 tab of the ribbon, in the Editing group choose Select > Select by Type
In the dialog click Shape Role and check Connectors
Click OK, then pick Shape Styles/Line/Arrows off the Home tab of the ribbon and select no arrows option.
Hey presto, they're all straight lines.
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...
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.
- On More Shapes click Favorites.
- Right-click the Favorites title bar, and then click Edit Stencil.
- Drag your custom connector (that is curved) to the Favorites stencil.
- Right-click the Favorites title bar, and then click Save.
Works for Visio 2010, not sure of other versions.
Turn on Developers Mode
- Go to Tools->Options->Advanced Tab
- Check "Run in Developers Mode" and click OK
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