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 SmartArt graphic entirely depends on the
SmartArt variant that you are
using -- some variants offer more options than the others.
Follow these steps to start adding more shape(s) to your existing SmartArt graphics in
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1. The SmartArt graphic variant that we
are using (and have selected) is the Diverging Radial.
Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt
- When the SmartArt graphic is selected, you'll find two contextual tabs activated on the
Ribbon: the SmartArt Tools
Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs (highlighted in red within
Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design and Format tabs on the Ribbon
- Just select any individual shape within the SmartArt graphic and click the
SmartArt Tools Design tab on the Ribbon (refer to Figure 2 above).
The SmartArt Tools Design
tab is a contextual
tab. These tabs are
special tabs in the Ribbon
that are not visible all
the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using
- Within this SmartArt Tools Design tab, click the Add Shape button, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 3) to bring up a drop-down gallery that you
can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Add Shape button
Alternatively, you can right-click the selected shape to get the resultant context menu, as shown in
Figure 4. Here choose the Add Shape option, note that the options here are exactly the
same as shown within the Add Shapes drop-down gallery (refer to Figure 3, above).
Figure 4: Add Shape
These options are explained below:
You'll see that last three options in Figures 3 and 4 are grayed out. This is because
these options logically don't work with the SmartArt graphic variant being used (Diverging Radial). Each SmartArt graphic
variant will allow some options, and gray out the others.
- Add Shape After: Click to insert a shape at the same level as the selected shape but following it.
- Add Shape Before: Click to insert a shape at the same level as the selected shape but before it.
- Add Shape Above: Click to insert a shape one level above the selected shape.
- Add Shape Below: Click to insert a shape one level below the selected shape.
- Add Assistant: This option places a shape which is hierarchically lower than the selected shape. Shape
Assistant is only available if you have chosen an organization chart layout.
Adding New Shape(s) to Existing
SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Shapes to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Adding New Shape(s)
to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Adding New Shape(s) to
Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
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