Compatibility: Also works in Visio 2007 and Visio 2010.
Normally in Visio 2013, when you hover over a shape, little connector indicators appear, which allow you to “auto connect” the shape to a nearby shape (or a new shape). It looks like this:
The auto connect feature is incredibly convenient. It has literally saved me oodles of time when creating prototypes, sitemaps, workflows, and other diagrams.
About a month ago, auto connect just stopped working. In the spirit of over-complicating things, I thought something was wrong with my Visio installation (I had experienced a corrupt install with an older version of Visio at one point). So I reinstalled Visio, asked our IT guy, and tried to find a complicated solution to my horrible problem. No dice.
Where’s my auto connect???!!!
After exhausting my resources, I just sort of gave up and started connecting shapes the old school (and inefficient!) way: by using the connector tool and drawing the lines. I agonized as I hearkened back to a gentler, simpler time when shapes could be connected without ever having to mess with the ribbon.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a fix for this so easy that my two-year-old could have found it. In the ribbon, go to VIEW. Then, check AutoConnect.
Poof, your handy-dandy auto connect indicators are back. Were you expecting something more? I was. Now get back to your mind-numbingly boring workflow!