Apologies for a very simple question - I am pretty new to Illustrator.
I have a drawing with two circles, and a line segment joining their centres. Is there any way to "stick" the line segment to the circles so that if I move one of them, they'll still be connected? I.e. I want the endpoint of the line to move with the circle.
I tried "group" but then when I move one circle, the other moves too, which is not what I want, or else the whole line moves rather than just one end.
Any help appreciated.
Use the Direct Select tool (white arrow) and drag a marque around the circle and the end of the line you want to select and then drag it where you want. You can also just select the circle and then shift-select the end of the line with the Direct Select tool.
Thanks Larry -- that works pretty well, but it's not exactly what I was after.
Is there any way to force the two points to stay together in general? I am anticipating a large diagram with lots of objects joined by lines, and it seems that this method might be pretty error prone and fiddly when there are lots of objects around, lines crossing over, etc.
There is no way to automate this in Illustrator. Larry has given you all the available methods.