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03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although default colors within a SmartArt graphic may work great, you may want to explore changing colors of individual shapes contained inside the SmartArt graphic. You change 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 PowerPoint


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt, you might want to change the layout of the SmartArt. You can choose from various SmartArt graphics variations available within PowerPoint 2016. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to change any existing SmartArt graphic to any other layout. Follow these steps to explore more. Learn how to


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can delete shapes from your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016. Learn how to delete shapes from an existing


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Get More SmartArt Graphics

In addition to creating SmartArt, and including a bunch of some great variants out of the box, Microsoft also created a way for individuals and developers to create their own custom SmartArt Layout files. These new SmartArt Layouts with the file extension, GLOX could drop into a designated folder, and this simple action would result in additional SmartArt graphics being available. Learn how


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We explored how you can convert your normal bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic with just a click or two. However, you'll soon discover that it is neither easy nor intuitive to edit, add, or delete text within a shape inside a SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, all the text edits can be easily performed within the convenient Text Pane of the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, we'll help you


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016

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 shapes 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 SmartArt


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2016

One of PowerPoint’s amazing options is the feature that lets you convert your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times, though, you might want to do the reverse; that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt. This is the Picture Layout


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

SmartArt is a PowerPoint option that allows you to create diagrams easily. Did you know that SmartArt can function as a substitute for conventional bullet points? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2016. If you are new to SmartArt, do also take a look at the What is SmartArt and SmartArt Samples pages. Learn how to insert SmartArt graphics in


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

What is SmartArt?

SmartArt is a diagramming component first introduced within PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, and now available on most platforms where PowerPoint is available including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, etc. Among other niceties, SmartArt allows you to replace boring bullet points with info-graphic content using text within shapes. Learn more about working with SmartArt within PowerPoint so that you


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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.


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 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


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt, you might want to change the layout of the SmartArt. You can choose from various SmartArt graphics variations available within PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to change any existing SmartArt graphic to any other layout (type). Learn how to change from one SmartArt graphic


03/27/2017 07:21 PM

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic. Learn how to delete shapes from an existing SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.


03/27/2017 07:21 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



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