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Using the Text Pane with SmartArt Graphics

PP07S-3.2.1

After you create a layout for a SmartArt graphic, a Text pane (New!) appears next to your selected SmartArt graphic. The bottom of the Text pane displays a description of the SmartArt graphic. The Text pane and SmartArt graphic contain placeholder text. You can change the placeholder text in the Text pane or directly in the SmartArt graphic. The Text pane works like an outline or a bulleted list and the text corresponds directly with the shape text in the SmartArt graphic. As you add and edit content, the SmartArt graphic automatically updates, adding or removing shapes as needed while maintaining the design. If you see a red “x” in the Text pane, it means that the SmartArt graphic contains a fixed number of shapes, such as Counterbalance Arrows (only two).

Show or Hide the Text Pane

1.gif Click the SmartArt graphic you want to modify.

2.gif Click the Design tab under SmartArt Tools.

3.gif Do any of the following:

  • Show. Click the Text Pane button, or click the control with two arrows along the left side of the SmartArt graphic selection to show the Text pane.
  • Hide. Click the Text Pane button, click the Close button on the Text pane, deselect the SmartArt graphic.

The Text Pane button toggles to show or hide the Text pane.

Work with Text in the Text Pane

1.gif Click the SmartArt graphic you want to modify.

2.gif Click the Design tab under SmartArt Tools.

3.gif If necessary, click the Text Pane button to show the Text pane.

4.gif Do any of the following tasks:

  • New line. At the end of a line, press Enter.
  • Indent line right. Press Tab, or click the Promote button.
  • Indent line left. Press Shift+Tab, or click the Demote button.
  • Delete line. Select the line text, and then press Delete.
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