I'm trying to create a diagram in illustrator, and what I'm looking for is the ability to use some kind of "quick connector" like in Visio.

Basically it's the ability to make a spline or straight line connector between two points/objects, which will automatically expand or stretch as one of the objects is moved.

Anyone know how to achieve "quick connectors" in illustrator?


Simply put, you can't.

Illustrator offers no ability to connect objects beyond grouping them or compound shapes. Neither groups nor compound shapes will offer the dynamic ability to move objects similar to Visio.

I am not even aware of any plug-ins for Illustrator which will allow this. It simply can not be done in Illustrator.

Anchors need to be specifically selected along with a shape in order to move them together.

See THIS ANSWER for a possible workaround.

  • agree. i don't think this is doable! – stephencosh May 7 '13 at 9:32
  • Thanks, that pretty much what I was afraid of. I might just need to go with Visio :( – Makita May 7 '13 at 13:11

I've been creating flow diagrams for over a decade and I get frustrated that Illustrator doesn't have connectors... now I use cacoo.com it's really easy to use web based app and it's free to make diagrams and export to png. THe paid version lets you share more have other users and export to various formats even illustrator, svg, pdf etc.

It's got a great connector system, very similar if not better than visio.

  • That's what I do also in 2019. I use cacoo to make the diagram, then screenshot and redo in illustrator...and hope there are no changes. – curious May 21 '19 at 23:37

Use the white arrow (Direct Selection) tool and just select the right points! In the following example, the right points are rectangle + head of the arrow!

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  • I can't seem to make this work, I don't have "head of the arrow", do you mean "anchor? – Herman Toothrot Jul 25 '19 at 1:42

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