Changing the appearance of connection lines

There are several options to control the appearance of connector lines between process boxes in a flowchart.

About this task

You can specify whether connection lines are angled (slanted) or straight (right angles only). You can also control whether connector lines appear in front of or behind process boxes.

Note: Whether connection lines are solid or dotted depends on the process box relationships. When a destination process receives data from a source process, the connection line is solid. When a destination process depends on a source process but does not receive data from it, the connection line is dotted. A dotted line indicates that the destination process cannot run successfully until the source process completes. In this way, you can identify temporal processes, which are time-dependent on each other.


  1. Open a flowchart for editing.
  2. Right-click in the flowchart workspace to open the context menu.
  3. To switch between angled (slanted) and straight (right angles only), choose View and check or clear Angled connections.
  4. To make connection lines appear behind process boxes, choose View and clear Overlap connections.