How can I restore/repair grayed out Auto-shapes 'connectors' comm.



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How can I restore/repair grayed out Auto-shapes 'connectors' comm.

Postby R2VvcmdlQlc » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 18:16:01 GMT

I have a new installation of Office SBE 2003. The Autoshapes menu has the 
'connectors' command grayed out.. How can I rectify this.

Re: How can I restore/repair grayed out Auto-shapes 'connectors' comm.

Postby Shauna Kelly » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 18:35:47 GMT

Hi George

The Connectors only work if you have your AutoShapes in a Drawing Canvas.

You can get Word to create a Drawing Canvas whenever you insert an AutoShape 
by doing Tools > Options > General and ticking the "Automatically create 
drawing canvas..." box.

Or, insert one explicitly using Insert > Picture > New Drawing.

Hope this helps.

Shauna Kelly.  Microsoft MVP.

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