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Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to change from one SmartArt graphic layout to another in PowerPoint 2013.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and higher






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). Follow these steps to explore more:

  1. 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.

    Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic
  2. 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 ). Select the SmartArt Tools Design tab.

    SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
  3. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the Layouts group, then click the down-arrow (highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above). This brings up the SmartArt graphics Layouts drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3.

    SmartArt graphic Layouts drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: SmartArt graphic Layouts drop-down gallery
  4. Now hover the cursor over any of the Layout's previews in the gallery -- as you move over different previews, the selected SmartArt graphic shows you a live preview, as shown in Figure 4 -- click on the preview thumbnail within the gallery to apply the layout to the selected SmartArt graphic.

    SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the layout
    Figure 4: SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the layout

    Tip: Place your SmartArt graphic in an area that is not covered by the SmartArt Layouts drop-down gallery, so you can see the live preview.
  5. To access additional SmartArt graphic layouts, click the More Layouts option (highlighted in red within Figure 5) within the SmartArt Layouts gallery.

    More Layouts option
    Figure 5: More Layouts option
  6. This opens the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box, as shown in Figure 6. Select any of the SmartArt graphic variants you want to change to, and click the OK button.

    Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box
    Figure 6: Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box

    Alternatively, you can even right-click on the SmartArt Graphic and from the context menu choose Change Layout option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7. This will open the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box (refer to Figure 6, above).

    Change Layout option selected
    Figure 7: Change Layout option selected

    Note: After converting the SmartArt graphic to another type, you may have to rearrange the elements in your diagram and modify the text attributes.

See Also:

Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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