I run a windows VM with VMware fusion on my mac for the sole purpose of Microsoft Visio and all the pretty pictures that I need to draw.

Theres always been a drawback though for me which I’ve never really looked into fixing until now. Drawing Connector (connection) points in the diagrams has always produce quite alot of blue air around me. Normally in Windows all you have to do is click the X to specify that you want to create a connection point and then press CTRL as you click the location where you would like it to go.

Within VMware Fusion however pressing CTRL to begin creating your connection point just produces the right click menu when you click the location within the Visio diagram.

Anyway today I decided to try and figure out if anything can be done to cure my issues with Visio connectors in VMware Fusion. It turns out its a very simple fix.

Goto your virtual machine settings and click the Mouse and Keyboard.


Now click the dropdown cog on the virtual machine profile and click Edit.












Now simply deselect the Secondary button option.











Job done, you can now create new Visio Connection Points until your hearts content. I’ve lived with this for a while and am now kicking myself for not looking into it before.

Author: Dale Scriven

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7 Responses to Microsoft Visio connector point and VMware Fusion fix

  1. Andrew Paine says:

    You could always be normal and use a PC/Laptop! 🙂

  2. Max says:

    I love you buddy!

  3. Bulent says:

    Thank you Dale!

  4. superchuckio says:

    Bless you, sir. I thought I was losing my mind.

  5. papounet says:

    Thanks !

  6. Jacob Witul says:

    Perfect solve, glad I found it, and glad you took the time to document it!

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