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Creating SmartArt Graphics

PP07S-3.1.1, PP07S-3.1.2

SmartArt graphics (New!) allow you to create diagrams that convey processes or relationships. PowerPoint offers 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. If you already have text on a slide, you can quickly convert your text to a SmartArt graphic. To quickly see if you like a SmartArt graphic layout, point to a thumbnail in the gallery to display a live preview (New!) of it in the selected shape. If you like it, you can apply it.

Create a SmartArt Graphic

1.gif Click the Insert tab.

2.gif Click the SmartArt button.

3.gif In the left pane, click a category, such as All, List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy, Relationship, Matrix, or Pyramid.

4.gif In the right pane, click a SmartArt graphic style type.

5.gif Click OK.

The SmartArt graphic appears with a Text pane to insert text.

6.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.

  • Click a shape, and then type text directly into the shape.

7.gif When you’re done, click outside of the SmartArt graphic.

Convert Text to a SmartArt Graphic

1.gif Select the text box with the text you want to convert to a SmartArt graphic.

2.gif Click the Home tab.

3.gif Click the Convert to SmartArt Graphic button.

The gallery displays layouts designed for bulleted lists.

4.gif To view the entire list of layout, click More SmartArt Graphics.

5.gif Point to a layout.

A live preview (New!) of the style appears in the current shape.

6.gif Click the layout for the SmartArt graphic you want from the gallery to apply it to the selected shape.

SmartArt Graphic Purposes




Show non-sequential information


Show steps in a process or timeline


Show a continual process


Show a decision tree or create an organization chart


Illustrate connections


Show how parts relate to a whole


Show proportional relationships up and down

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