I am Visio 2013 user. How can I add more auto-connection points on shapes in Visio. For example, a circle shape originally has 8 auto-connection points, but I need 8 points more totally 16 connection points around it.

P.S. From the Visio Options window, I checked "Show more shape handlers on hover" tick box to no avail.


On the Home tab, in the Tools section, you should have a 'Connection Point' command (shift+control+1). Select your shape, click the command, then hold down the control key and left click where you want to add, move, or delete a connection point.

Visio connection points

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    Thank you; That was helpful. Unfortunately my reputation is not enough to vote your answer up. – DavidDe Mar 23 '14 at 6:24
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    Oh holy cow! Now I want all those hours fighting with connection points back. – Anton Gogolev Sep 5 '16 at 11:45
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    Best superuser question/answer! – CodeMonkey Feb 16 '17 at 17:32

I found the point and click method for adding new connection points to be a bit clumsy so I prefer: Right click on shape -> Show ShapeSheet. You can then edit the Connection Points table directly and ensure that your connectors are exactly where you want them.

For those who can't find the Show ShapeSheet option: since Visio 2010 you have to enable developer functionality through the Custimize Ribbon option to use the ShapeSheet. More info: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-happened-to-the-ShapeSheet-18505403-6934-438d-b40e-ec32c89a979a.


I see it's not working in visio 2013. What I did is converted shape to process and I got four connection points which worked for me.

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    I use Microsoft Visio 2013 Professional and Troy's answer is working fine. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 29 '15 at 23:12

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