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About this lesson
Insert, add text to, and format SmartArt graphics to quickly add diagrams to your presentation which will assist you to tell your story.
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Inserting and formatting SmartArt graphics.
When to use
To insert diagrams quickly – to explain complex concepts.
Insert a SmartArt diagram
- On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.
- Click the Insert a SmartArt Graphic icon within a placeholder.
Types of SmartArt diagram
- List, process, cycle, hierarchy, relationship, etc.
Add text to a SmartArt diagram
- Click the text pane pop-out arrow and enter text directly.
- Promote or demote lines of text to form the structure of the diagram.
- On the ribbon, click the Design tab, Create Graphic group – buttons allow you to promote, demote, or move text lines up and down.
To change the SmartArt layout and style
- With the SmartArt selected, click the Design tab, and select a different layout within the Layouts group.
- With the SmartArt selected, click the Design tab, and select a different SmartArt style from the SmartArt Styles group.
- The colors of a SmartArt can be changed with the change colors drop-down arrow on the Design tab on the ribbon.
- Individual elements of a SmartArt diagram can be formatted from the Format tab on the ribbon when the SmartArt is selected.
A SmartArt can be converted to a series of graphics: With the SmartArt selected, select the Design tab, click the convert drop-down arrow on the Reset group.
The direction of a SmartArt graphic can be changed by clicking the right-to-left button in the Create Graphic group on the Design tab on the ribbon.
If a red-colored cross appears in the text pane where you enter SmartArt text, the SmartArt type you have selected cannot support the number of lines of text you have entered.
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