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Working with SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013

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This chapter introduces SmartArt Graphics and shows how you can insert and modify them in your PowerPoint 2013 documents.
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SmartArt offers a unique opportunity to present slide content, such as an organization chart or a process, in a way that makes the most of PowerPoint’s many sophisticated design features.

Understanding SmartArt Graphics

SmartArt takes the power and flexibility of PowerPoint shapes one step further. SmartArt enables you to combine shapes and text to create informative lists, matrices, pyramids, and more. Then, using PowerPoint’s many shape and text formatting options, you can create a custom graphic that both conveys your message and gives your presentation the “wow” factor.

For example, you can create a detailed organization chart with SmartArt (see Figure 11.1). Or you can create a graphic that explains a step-by-step process (see Figure 11.2).

Figure 11.1

Figure 11.1. Use one of SmartArt’s many organization chart layouts.

Figure 11.2

Figure 11.2. Highlight a process in your presentation.

Table 11.1 lists the PowerPoint SmartArt types, each offering a variety of layouts to choose from.

Table 11.1. PowerPoint SmartArt Types

Choose This SmartArt Type

To Display


Nonsequential data


Steps in a process or a sequential timeline


An ongoing process


Hierarchical data such as an organizational chart


Connected data


Parts in relation to a whole


Proportions from small to large


A graphical representation of data

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