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Connector will not connect to connection point in Visio 2002 Service Release 1 (SR-1)

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you drag a connector's endpoint over a connection point, the connection point is not selected in red. When you release the connector's endpoint on top of the connection point, the connector and the connection point are not joined together.
This behavior may occur if either of the following conditions is true:
  • The connection point has too many objects already connected to it.

  • The connection point resides in an area that is heavily crowded by other connections.
This update or security patch was first included in Visio 2002 Service Pack 2.

For additional information about the latest service pack for Visio 2002, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
867749 How to obtain the latest Visio 2002 service pack

Part 1: Download and Install the Fix

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
The global version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Size       File name        ---------------------------------------------------------   24-Sep-2003  16:46  2,802,176  Visio2002-kb827806-enu.msp
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version      Size       File name   ---------------------------------------------------------   24-Sep-2003  00:50  10.0.4515.4     68,808  Visio.exe           24-Sep-2003  00:50  10.0.4515.4  6,360,272  Vislib.dll          24-Sep-2003  00:50  10.0.4515.4    646,296  Visres.dll       

Important Information Before You Install the Hotfix

  • The hotfix installs on Microsoft Visio 2002 Service Release 1 (SR-1).
  • For additional information about the latest Visio 2002 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    310474 Visio2002: How to Obtain and Install Visio 2002 Service Release 1

Part 2: Activate the Update

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. Quit Visio.
  2. Install the fix that is described in "Part 1: Download and Install the Fix" of the "Resolution" section.
  3. Start Visio.
  4. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  5. On the Advanced tab, click to select the Put all settings in the Windows registry check box, and then click OK.
  6. Quit Visio.
  7. Click Start, and then click Run.
  8. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  9. Locate, and then click the following registry key:
  10. Right-click SnapToShapeComplexity, and then click Modify.
  11. In the Value data box, type a larger numeric value for more complexity, and then click OK.

    Note The default value is 50. You may enter a numeric value between 50 and 1000. Values below 50 are treated as 50 and values greater than 1000 are treated as 1000. The connection points will accept more connections through the mouse command when you increase the value. However, it will also require greater processing power. If you increase the value too much performance may be decreased unnecessarily.
  12. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Article ID: 827806 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:19:57 - Revision: 2.6

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