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10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Once you have inserted an organization chart (org chart) within PowerPoint 2013, you might need to change the layout of the org chart. The "layout" means how the subordinate levels in the hierarchy branch out from top to bottom -- probably you want all subordinates flushed to the left, hanging to the right, or distributed evenly across a horizontal plane -- you will learn more about how this

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

After inserting an Organization Chart (org chart) in PowerPoint 2013, you might need to add more shapes to your org chart. The default org chart that PowerPoint places has a few shapes. However, you might want to add more shapes, as well as newer hierarchy levels for the new shapes you add. Fortunately, you can make these additions and edits with just a click or two. Follow these steps to start

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Insert an Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

You won’t find an option to add an Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013’s Insert tab of the Ribbon. Instead, you will find the SmartArt option in the Insert tab, and organization charts are just one of the many variants of SmartArt graphics you can insert into your slide. An organization chart graphically represents the management or hierarchical structure of an organization. If you want to

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

All the SmartArt layouts have text placeholders, which are basically text boxes. You can click and start typing within these placeholders to add text. In the previous tutorial, we showed you how to insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), and how the SmartArt Text Pane works. There are several ways to format the SmartArt graphic text; follow these

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Convert SmartArt Graphic into Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

SmartArt is a great new feature that Microsoft added in PowerPoint -- yet many users want to convert their SmartArt graphic to bulleted text, or even to individually editable shapes that can be manipulated further. Yes, you can convert SmartArt to individual shapes, but do remember that this is a one-way process, and you lose any editability for the SmartArt graphic from that point of time.

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

SmartArt graphics are easily inserted infographics that typically place common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other to create a strong message. You can, of course, change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else -- but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can actually move some shapes around within the

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Resize Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Similar to how you can change an individual shape within the SmartArt, you can even resize shapes within a SmartArt graphic. This can be helpful if you want one shape to be larger than the others -- maybe you want one shape to stand out? Whatever be the reason behind you wanting to resize these shapes, this tutorial will explore how you can resize individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

The default look of SmartArt graphics works great, and you may not want to change a thing! Yet, it's good to know that you can change your SmartArt graphics to other layouts, change the color of SmartArt graphics, or apply a SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt graphic appear distinct and unique. You can also change the actual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- for instance, you can change

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

When change colors of a SmartArt graphic, fill colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt change. Other attributes such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to the selected SmartArt

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic in your slide, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic -- this applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently -- in this tutorial we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

Although the default colors of an inserted SmartArt graphic may work the best, you may also want to change the colors of the shapes comprising the SmartArt graphic. You change the colors of everything within the SmartArt graphic at one go or change colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can change colors of your SmartArt graphic in

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2013

Once you insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), you may want to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, you can make these additions and later edit them too. You can add more shape(s) to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself or through the Text Pane. Note that adding a new shape to a

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Visual Design Solutions: Conversation with Connie Malamed

Connie Malamed is a consultant, author, and speaker in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients transform their content into interactive learning experiences for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers. She publishes The eLearning Coach

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Charts and Diagrams on PoweredTemplate: Conversation with Serge Starenko

Serge Starenko is an entrepreneur with a solid background in software development and business administration. In 2004 he left his primary job and started working with like-minded professionals over the project PoweredTemplate. The idea came to him because he always had to prepare presentations for project management tools and marketing purposes. While working with these slides, he hadn't found

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Visual Resume Templates for PowerPoint

Do you want to create your own interesting visual resume within minutes, with or without any designing experience? What about creating this all within PowerPoint, without anything else? You need our amazing Visual Resume templates for PowerPoint. These ready to use PowerPoint templates come with placeholders for text and pictures. All templates are made available as part of a kit that you can

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Distance Cartogram Templates for PowerPoint

A cartogram is a visual that is driven by geography. It explores sizes or distances visually. Cartograms come in various types. The easiest and most effective cartograms you can create within PowerPoint are distance cartograms. These distance cartograms are now becoming extremely popular, but creating them requires a fair amount of time and knowledge. But we've made this task easier for you.

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Power-user for PowerPoint: Conversation with Keith Bortoluzzi

Keith Bortoluzzi partnered with Olivier de Saint Louvent to create Power-user, an add-in for PowerPoint. They are both strategy consultants, who work on a daily basis using PowerPoint. They understand how important it is to make an impact on clients and managers, but also how time-consuming it can be. This is why they developed features to help users create visually attractive presentations while

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

PowerPoint Infographics: Fortune Teller Origami, Matrix Diagram

You’ve all seen matrix diagrams – and these make it possible for you to explain related and dependent concepts. However, we decided to look at the matrix diagram from another perspective and found something similar in a fortune teller origami! Download and use these Matrix slides. Categories: design, diagrams, graphics, powerpoint

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Add Office.com SmartArt Graphics

SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 has replaced the diagram options in previous versions of PowerPoint. SmartArt also allows you to replace bullet points with info-graphic content using text-within-shapes that's more logical to view and present. All available SmartArt is available in different SmartArt categories -- in addition to these categories, you can also add an additional SmartArt

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Office Timeline Plus Edition: Conversation with Tim Stumbles

Tim Stumbles is the co-founder of Office Timeline, a start-up focused on making project presentations simple. Office Timeline offers timeline maker and Gantt chart software, natively built for Microsoft PowerPoint. With Office Timeline over 500,000 PowerPoint users easily create impressive project presentations for important client and executive meetings. In this conversation, Tim discusses

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Infographics: Relationship Charts for PowerPoint

Relationship as a term is very broad, and can represent how a hierarchy within an organization is structured, who reports to whom, and more. Do you want to show this structure within your slides, but don't want to use rigid organization charts? Then you are on the right page, exploring something different called Relationship Charts! These Relationship Charts are already in place – you just

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Drawing Target Diagrams

PowerPoint 2013 has a ready to use collection of shapes that can be inserted with a click or two. You can add multiple shapes on the same slide and then flip, rotate, reorder, or group them as required to create your own combined diagrams and designs within PowerPoint. These combined shapes help create more involved diagrams such as a target diagram. In this tutorial we'll show you how simple

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Hot and Cold Diagrams in PowerPoint

We already showed how you can create distance cartograms using concentric donut shapes within PowerPoint. But that was only the beginning because it turns out that you can create so much more with the same shapes! Tip: You can get ready to use Distance Cartogram shapes! Look at this example of a hot and cold diagram that we found in the April 2014 issue of Inc. Magazine -- notice that this

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Callouts

When Callout shapes are used wisely, they can be impactors that convey a message. The attribution and positioning of the callouts has to be proper so that your audiences do not get lost. When inserted, Callouts take default formatting attributes from the Theme applied to the presentation, just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can later change their fill and/or outline and also apply a shape

10/28/2016 04:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Attributing and Positioning Callouts

Callouts are shapes that allow you to do numerous tasks: you can add text indications, create pointers, and also create comic-book style speech and thought balloons. You can create something that will attract the attention of your audience by combining the callouts with illustrations or photos of characters (both human and animal). All of the 16 Callout shapes available in PowerPoint cannot be

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