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 to manipulate 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. However, converting to shapes does mean that you have complete control over moving, resizing, deleting, or
formatting individual shapes. Follow these steps to convert a SmartArt graphic into shapes 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
Horizontal Picture List.
Figure 1: Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with text
It's a good idea to create a backup of the slide that contains the SmartArt
graphic that you want to convert to shapes. A quick way to create this backup is to select the slide within the Slides Pane, or
in Slide Sorter view. Then press the Ctrl
keyboard shortcut to make a copy of your slide.
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- 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). Activate the SmartArt Tools Design tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
- Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, click the Convert button to bring up a drop-down
list (see Figure 3). Within the list, select the Convert to Shapes option (highlighted in
red within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Convert SmartArt to Shapes
Alternatively, you can right-click the SmartArt graphic to get the resultant context menu, and choose the
Convert to Shapes option (highlighted in red within
Figure 4: Convert to Shapes option
- This will convert the SmartArt graphic into a group of shapes, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: SmartArt graphic converted into a group of shapes
- Now, right-click the converted SmartArt to bring up a contextual menu – from this contextual menu, choose the
Group | Ungroup option (see Figure 6).
Figure 6: Ungroup converted shapes
- This ungroups all the converted SmartArt graphic into individual shapes, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Converted SmartArt graphic ungrouped into individual shapes
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