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Working with SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013

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This chapter introduces SmartArt Graphics and shows how you can insert and modify them in your PowerPoint 2013 documents.
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SmartArt offers a unique opportunity to present slide content, such as an organization chart or a process, in a way that makes the most of PowerPoint’s many sophisticated design features.

Understanding SmartArt Graphics

SmartArt takes the power and flexibility of PowerPoint shapes one step further. SmartArt enables you to combine shapes and text to create informative lists, matrices, pyramids, and more. Then, using PowerPoint’s many shape and text formatting options, you can create a custom graphic that both conveys your message and gives your presentation the “wow” factor.

For example, you can create a detailed organization chart with SmartArt (see Figure 11.1). Or you can create a graphic that explains a step-by-step process (see Figure 11.2).

Figure 11.1

Figure 11.1. Use one of SmartArt’s many organization chart layouts.

Figure 11.2

Figure 11.2. Highlight a process in your presentation.

Table 11.1 lists the PowerPoint SmartArt types, each offering a variety of layouts to choose from.

Table 11.1. PowerPoint SmartArt Types

Choose This SmartArt Type

To Display

List

Nonsequential data

Process

Steps in a process or a sequential timeline

Cycle

An ongoing process

Hierarchy

Hierarchical data such as an organizational chart

Relationship

Connected data

Matrix

Parts in relation to a whole

Pyramid

Proportions from small to large

Picture

A graphical representation of data

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