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Inserting Smart Art Graphics

The fastest way to add a SmartArt graphic to your presentation is to apply a slide layout that contains the content palette. See Chapter 2, “Creating a Basic Presentation,” for more information about PowerPoint slide layouts.

To insert a SmartArt graphic, follow these steps:

  1. On the Home tab, click the down arrow below the New Slide button, and then choose an appropriate layout from the gallery that appears. For example, you could choose the Title and Content layout, the Two Content layout, or the Content with Caption layout.
  2. On your new slide, click the Insert a SmartArt Graphic button on the content palette, as shown in Figure 11.3. The Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box opens (see Figure 11.4).
    Figure 11.3

    Figure 11.3. Use the content palette as an easy starting point for inserting SmartArt.

    Figure 11.4

    Figure 11.4. Choose from a variety of SmartArt graphic layouts.

  3. In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box, select the button for the SmartArt layout types you want to view. Alternatively, select the All button to scroll through a list of all options. Refer to Table 11.1 for an explanation of each SmartArt type.
  4. Select the icon for the graphic type you want to insert, and click the OK button. The graphic appears on your slide (see Figure 11.5).
    Figure 11.5

    Figure 11.5. A blank SmartArt graphic appears on your slide.

Each SmartArt graphic includes text placeholders where you can enter the appropriate text. To enter text, click the [Text] placeholder and start typing. If you enter more text than the shape can hold, PowerPoint resizes the text. You can also enter text in the Text pane, described in the section, “Using the Text Pane,” later in this chapter.

If you choose a graphic that includes pictures, click the picture placeholder to open the Insert Pictures dialog box.

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