How to remove dotted lines in the sketch

Draw or delete a line or a connector

You can add lines to connect shapes or use lines to point to information, and you can also delete lines.

Draw a line with connection points

A Interconnects is a line with connection points at each end that stays connected to the attached shapes. Connectors can be straight ( ), angled ( ) or curved lines . When you select a connector, dots appear on the shape outline. These points indicate where you can attach a connector.

Important: In Word and Outlook, connection points only work when the lines and the objects they connect are in one Drawing area be positioned. To insert a drawing area, click the tab Insert, click on to shape, and then click at the bottom of the menu New drawing area.

To add a line that connects to other objects, do the following:

  1. Click the tab Insert in the group Illustrations on to shape.

  2. Click below Lines on the connector you want to add.

    Note: The last three below Lines listed line types (curve, freehand shape and sketch) no Interconnects. Hover your mouse over each line style to see its name before clicking on it.

  3. To draw a line connecting shapes, in the first shape, hover the mouse over the shape or object to which you want to attach the connector.

    Connection points appear indicating that the line can be connected to the shape. (The color and type of these points may vary across versions of Office.)

    Note: If you don't see any connection points, you either selected a line style that isn't a connector, or you're not working in a drawing area (in Word or Outlook).

    Click anywhere on the first shape, then drag the cursor over a connection point on the second connection object.

    Note: If you rearrange shapes that are connected with connectors, the connectors stay attached and move with the shapes. Moving one of the ends of a connector removes that end from the shape, and you can then attach it to another connection point on the same shape, or attach it to another shape. After the connector is connected to a connection site, it remains connected to the shapes regardless of how you move each shape.

Draw a line with no connection points

To add a line that is not connected to other objects, do the following:

  1. Click the tab Insert in the group Illustrations on to shape.

  2. Click below Lines on the desired line type.

  3. Click anywhere in the document, hold down the mouse button, drag the pointer to another location, and then release the mouse button.

Draw the same line or connector multiple times

If you need to add the same line repeatedly, you can do it quickly using Lock Drawing Mode.

  1. Click the tab Insert in the group Illustrations on to shape.

  2. Right click under Lines the line or connector you want to add, and then click Lock drawing mode.

  3. Click where you want the line or connector to begin, and then drag the cursor to where you want the line or connector to end.

  4. Repeat step 3 for each line or connector that you want to add.

  5. Press ESC after adding all lines or connectors.

Add, edit, or remove an arrow or shape on a line

  1. Select the line to be changed.
    If you want to work with multiple lines, select the first line and hold down Ctrl while you select the other lines.

  2. Click the tab format on the arrow next to it Shape contour.


    If the Format tab does not appear becomes, make sure you have marked the line. You may need to double-click the line.

  3. Point up Arrows, and then click the type of arrow you want.

    To change the arrow style or size, or the style, width, or color of the line or arrow, click More arrows, and then select the options that you want.

    To remove an arrowhead, click the first type of arrow: Arrow type 1 (no arrowheads).

Deleting lines or connectors

  • Click the line, connector, or shape that you want to delete, and then press the key.
    To delete multiple lines or connectors, select the first line, hold down CTRL while you select the other lines, and then press DELETE.

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