Changing the Layout of Connected Shapes

Although flowchart layouts often flow from top to bottom, you can connect shapes from left to right, right to left, or even in a circular fashion. You can change the direction of the connected shapes in a diagram by using the Configure Layout command on the Shape menu. As long as you’ve created shape-to-shape connections throughout a diagram, you can change the entire layout and reroute connectors.

In addition, if you need to update a large flowchart to include a new process, you can use the Configure Layout command to realign the diagram. For example, you can add a new shape to an existing flowchart. After you connect the new shape, you can use the Configure Layout command to adjust the layout and realign ...

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