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 make the link bidirectional by selecting the link and in the Properties view, on the Appearance tab, adding or removing arrowheads.

You can also create a link to a resource outside the sketch; see Linking sketch elements to external resources.


  1. Hover the cursor over the source element. A link handle is displayed next to the element.
  2. Drag the link handle to the target element.
  3. Optional: To assign a label to the link, select the link and type text for the label.
    A label on the link
  4. Optional: To specify the path for the link, click a point on the link and drag that point to a different location in the diagram.
    Dragging the link to reroute it
  5. Optional: To customize the appearance for the link, open the Properties view, and on the Appearance tab, specify the settings.