Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2010
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
Date Created: December 27th 2010
Last Updated: December 27th 2010
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to add more shape(s) to an existing SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010.
After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you might need to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics. Fortunately, SmartArt allows you to make these additions and edits with just a click or two. You can add more shape(s) to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself, or through the Text Pane. Whether you can add a new shape to a SmartArt graphic depends entirely 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 SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010:
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure
1. The SmartArt graphic variant that I am using (and have selected)
is the Diverging Radial.
Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt
Related Link: See more SmartArt graphic samples here...
- 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 in Figure
Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design and Format tabs on the Ribbon
- Just select any individual shape within the SmartArt graphic and activate
the SmartArt Tools Design tab on the Ribbon (refer to Figure
Note: The SmartArt Tool 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 special options.
- Within this tab, click the Add Shape button located under Create Graphic
group to view the dropdown gallery that you can see in Figure
Figure 3: Add Shape button under Create Graphic
Alternatively, you can right-click the selected shape to get the resultant context menu (see Figure 4), and choose the Add Shape option . Note that the options here are exactly the same as shown within the Add Shapes gallery (refer to Figure 3 above).
Figure 4: Add Shape
These options are explained below:
- Add Shape After: To insert a shape at the
same level as the selected shape but following it, click Add
- Add Shape Before: To insert a shape at the
same level as the selected shape but before it, click Add Shape
- 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 Shape Assistant: This option places a
shape which is hierarchicaly lower than the selected shape. Shape
Assistant is only available if you have chosen an organization
- Add Shape After: To insert a shape at the same level as the selected shape but following it, click Add Shape After.
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