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PowerPoint SmartArt

How to Add SmartArt in PowerPoint

Insert SmartArt

The SmartArt feature lets you create and customize designer-quality diagrams. You can even convert bulleted lists into a diagram using the SmartArt diagram tools.

  1. Click the Insert tab.
  2. Click the SmartArt button on the ribbon.

    You can also click the SmartArt icon in a content placeholder.

  3. Select a category.
  4. Select a graphic.

    A preview and a description appear on the right.

  5. Click OK.
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The SmartArt graphic is inserted into the presentation.

SmartArt Graphic Types
List Show non-sequential information.
Process Show steps in a process or timeline.
Cycle Show a continual process.
Hierarchy Create an organization chart or decision tree.
Relationship Illustrate connections.
Matrix Show how parts relate to a whole.
Pyramid Show proportional relationships with the largest component on the top or bottom.
Picture Create a SmartArt graphic that incorporates pictures.

Populate SmartArt Graphics

There are two ways to add text to a SmartArt graphic: using the Text pane or the graphic itself.

  1. Select the SmartArt Diagram.
  2. Click the arrow at the left edge of the SmartArt graphic.
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  3. Type text for each bullet in the Text pane.
  4. Click the Text pane’s Close button or click outside the SmartArt diagram.
  5. Select any unused shapes in the graphic.
  6. Press the Backspace or Delete key to remove them from the graphic.
  7. Insert SmartArt

Convert a List to a SmartArt Graphic

  1. Select the slide with the list you want to convert to SmartArt.
  2. Select the list text box.
  3. Click the Convert to SmartArt Graphic button on the Home tab.
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  4. Select a SmartArt style.
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  5. Resize and position the graphic as needed.

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