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Creating SmartArt Graphics

SmartArt graphics allow you to create diagrams that convey processes or relationships. Office provides a wide variety of built-in SmartArt graphic types, including graphical lists, process, cycle, hierarchy, relationship, matrix, pyramid, picture, and Office.com. Using built-in SmartArt graphics makes it easy to create and modify charts without having to create them from scratch. To quickly see if you like a SmartArt graphic layout, point to a thumbnail in the gallery to display a live preview of it in the selected shape. If you like it, you can apply it.

Create a SmartArt Graphic

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Click the Insert tab.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the SmartArt button.

  • yellow-circle-03.jpg In the left pane, click a category, such as All, List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy, Relationship, Matrix, Pyramid, Picture, or Office.com.
  • yellow-circle-04.jpg In the middle pane, click a SmartArt graphic style type.
  • yellow-circle-05.jpg Click OK.

    The SmartArt graphic appears in the document.




    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


    Convert a picture to a SmartArt graphic


    Show SmartArt graphics from Office.com

  • yellow-circle-06.jpg Click the Text Pane button, or click the control with two arrows along the left side of the selection to show the Text pane.
  • yellow-circle-07.jpg 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, or use the Promote or Demote buttons to indent.
    • At the end of a line, press Enter to insert a line (shape), or select line text, and then press Delete to remove a line (shape).
    • Click a shape, and then type text directly into the shape.
  • yellow-circle-08.jpg When you’re done, click outside of the SmartArt graphic.

Convert Text to a SmartArt Graphic

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg In PowerPoint, select the text box with the text you want to convert to a SmartArt graphic.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Click the Convert to SmartArt Graphic button.

    The gallery displays layouts designed for bulleted lists.

  • yellow-circle-04.jpg To view the entire list of layouts, click More SmartArt Graphics.
  • yellow-circle-05.jpg Point to a layout.

    A live preview of the style appears in the current shape.

  • yellow-circle-06.jpg Click the layout for the SmartArt graphic you want from the gallery to apply it to the selected shape.
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