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Creating SmartArt Graphics

SmartArt graphics (New!) allow you to create diagrams that convey processes or relationships. Office provides a wide variety of built-in SmartArt graphic types, including graphical lists, process, cycle, hierarchy, relationship, matrix, and pyramid. Using built-in SmartArt graphics makes it easy to create and modify charts without having to create them from scratch.

Create a SmartArt Graphic

  • yellow-circle-01.gif Click the SmartArt Graphics tab on the Elements Gallery.
  • yellow-circle-02.gif Click one of the buttons (All, Recently Used, List, Process, etc.) to display the type of SmartArt style you want.
  • yellow-circle-03.gif Click one of the SmartArt styles.

    • You can click the arrows on the right to display more styles.

    The SmartArt graphic appears in the document.

    SmartArt Graphic Purposes

    Type

    Purpose

    List

    Show non-sequential information

    Process

    Show steps in a process or timeline

    Cycle

    Show a continual process

    Hierarchy

    Show a decision tree or create an organization chart

    Relationship

    Illustrate connections

    Matrix

    Show how parts relate to a whole

    Pyramid

    Show proportional relationships up and down

  • yellow-circle-04.gif Click the Text Pane button, or click the control with two arrows along the left side of the selection to show the Text pane.
  • yellow-circle-05.gif Label the shapes by doing one of the following:

    • Type text in the [Text] box.
    • You can use the arrow keys to move around the Text pane, or use the Promote or Demote buttons to indent.
    • At the end of a line, press Return to insert a line (shape), or select line text, and then press Delete to remove a line (shape).

      You can use the Add or Delete buttons to add or remove a line.

    • Click a shape, and then type text directly into the shape.
  • yellow-circle-06.gif When you’re done, click outside of the SmartArt graphic.

Convert Text to a SmartArt Graphic

  • yellow-circle-01.gif In PowerPoint, select the text box with the text you want to convert to a SmartArt graphic.
  • yellow-circle-02.gif Click the SmartArt Graphics tab on the Elements Gallery.
  • yellow-circle-03.gif Click one of the buttons (All, Recently Used, List, Process, etc.) to display the type of SmartArt style you want.
  • yellow-circle-04.gif Click one of the SmartArt styles to apply it to the selected text.

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