Linking elements in sketches

Sketches have only one type of link, which you can use to connect any two sketch elements. Links in sketches represent communication, actions, presentation details, or any other relationship that you want to illustrate.

Before you begin

Create a sketch and add two or more elements to the sketch.

About this task

By default, links in sketches are directional; they have a source element and a target element. The arrowhead at the end of the link points to the target element.

You can also create a link to artifacts outside the sketch; see Linking URL shapes to internal and external artifacts.


  1. Hover the cursor over the source element. A link handle is displayed beside the element.
  2. Drag the link handle to the target element.
  3. Optional: You can choose to complete the following options:
    • To assign a label to the link, select the link and type text for the label. The following figure shows a link with a label.
      The image shows a link with a label.
    • To specify the path for the link, click a point on the link and drag that point to a different location in the diagram as the following figure shows.
      The image shows a link with a label.

      If there is another element on the path of the link, the link line will go around it. The following figure shows a link line gores around another element on the path.

      The link line goes around another element on the path.

    • To change the connection on a line, select the line and drag its endpoint to the target shape.
    Note: The editor limits the number of new breakpoints you can add to a line to two. Moving a connected shape a moderate distance automatically removes the breakpoints from a line.