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Excel Connector Lines for PFD drafts - Need More?

Excel Connector Lines for PFD drafts - Need More?

Excel Connector Lines for PFD drafts - Need More?

In MS-Excel, when drawing PFD's (process flow diagrams) and process block diagrams, using connector lines to join block objects is so much more powerful than just using a plain formatted line.  When working to make a finished drawing easy to read, mooving the blocks around to minimize lines crossing each other, etc, is easy, as the connecting lines stretch and bend to maintain their connection between blocks.  It's like having the graphics user interface of a high end processs simulator!  

Trouble is, there are only 4 line-connections allowed per block.  Any way to increase this number?  We have more than four lines into and out of blocks and still want to use connectors (instead of lines) to the max.

It's a great feature expandable in capability...  Thank you in advance for any ideas (i tried 8 sided figures in Excel, still, even for a four sided object, only 4 points per obnject to connect connector lines  :(-


RE: Excel Connector Lines for PFD drafts - Need More?

I figured it out!  Give myself a star??   
To make a box or block or other object with more than four spots to connect flexible lines that stretch and remain connected when you move the objects on a drawing, put multiple boxes together as a group, by using the group command to group the multiple boxes as one box.  It didn't work at first but after a while, got it to work.  There's a bit of editing cleaning up the lines after moving blocks that they are connected to, but the lines remain connected to the rite spot (reducing tedious editing, eliminating human error and helping to make good drawings).  Excellent tool..

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