Add & Format SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 - Microsoft Powerpoint

How to add & Format SmartArt in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint provides a unique feature called SmartArt which helps the users in adding text to the predefined art designs. Main advantage with SmartArt is that although each component of the SmartArt can be edited individually, you can also modify the SmartArt as a whole by retaining the settings on each individual component.

Below steps will help you add a SmartArt to PowerPoint.

Step 1 − Go to the Illustrations group under the Insert ribbon.

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Step 2 − Click on the SmartArt command to open the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog. select SmartArt category and pick individual SmartArt types from the list. You will also get a preview and a short description of the graphic in the preview section.

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Step 3 − Select the SmartArt type and click OK or double-click on the SmartArt type to insert the graphic in the slide.

Step 4 − Graphic will be inserted in the slide along with a text pane where you can enter/ modify the SmartArt text.

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Step 5 − Add necessary details and close the text pane to complete the SmartArt insertion.

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PowerPoint SmartArt formatting features will be grouped under two ribbons: Design and Format. Below sections discuss the features under each ribbon. To access these ribbons, you must select the SmartArt first.

SmartArt Design Features

Let’s understand various SmartArt design features in PowerPoint.

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Below table describes various SmartArt design features in PowerPoint.

Feature

Sub Features

Description

Create Graphic

Add Shape

This will add another shape to the current SmartArt graphic; this also adds another bullet in the text pane.

Add Bullet

This will add another bullet in the text pane; this also adds another shape to the graphic.

Text Pane

This will toggle the text pane visibility.

Promote

This will indent bullet to higher level in text pane - useful only in multi-level SmartArt.

Demote

This will indent bullet to lower level in text pane - useful only in multi-level SmartArt.

Right to Left

This will help reverse the direction of the SmartArt flow.

Move Up

This will move the bullet up in the text pane or the shape to the left in the graphics.

Move Down

This will move the bullet down in the text pane or the shape to the right in the graphics.

Layouts

Layouts

This will allow you to change the layout of SmartArt graphics to one from the list.

Smart Styles

Change Colors

This will change the color scheme for the SmartArt graphics.

SmartArt Styles

This will allow you to change the SmartArt graphics styles to one of the predefined ones from the list with one click.

Reset

Reset Graphic

This will remove all the customization done on the SmartArt graphic.

Convert

This will convert SmartArt graphic to regular shapes or plain text.

SmartArt Format Features

Let’s understand various SmartArt format features in PowerPoint.

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Below table describes various SmartArt format features in PowerPoint.

Feature

Sub Features

Description

Shapes

Change Shape

This will change the selected shape in the SmartArt to one of those in the list.

Larger

This will increase the size of the selected shape.

Smaller

This will decrease the size of the selected shape.

Shape Styles

Shape Fill

This will offer different shades to be added to selected SmartArt graphics item. You can pick from solid shade, texture, image or gradient shading.

Border

This will offer different border options for selected SmartArt graphics item. You can edit the border color, thickness and style.

Effects

This will offer the ability to add special effects to selected SmartArt graphics item.

Word Art Styles

Text Fill

This will allow you to change the color of the text within the SmartArt.

Text Outline

This will allow you to add an outline to the text within the SmartArt and change the outline color, weight and style.

Text Effects

This will allow you to add special effects (like reflection, shadow etc.) to the text within the SmartArt.

Quick Styles

This consists of a list of pre-defined Word Art styles that can be applied to the selected text within the SmartArt with a single click.

Arrange

Bring Forward

This will allow you to move the SmartArt up by one layer or right to the top.

Send Backward

This will allow you to move the SmartArt down by one layer or right to the bottom of the slide.

Selection Pane

This will toggle the Selection and Visibility sidebar.

Align

This will allow you to align the entire SmartArt with reference to the slide.

Group

This will allow you to group multiple SmartArt as one group object, or split a group object into individual SmartArt.

Size

Height

This will allow you to adjust the SmartArt height.

Width

This will allow you to adjust the SmartArt width.

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