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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:

  1. 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.

    Diverging Radial SmartArt in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt

    Related Link: See more SmartArt graphic samples here...


  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 in Figure 2).

    SmartArt Tools Design and Format tabs on the Ribbon
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design and Format tabs on the Ribbon

  3. Just select any individual shape within the SmartArt graphic and activate the SmartArt Tools Design tab on the Ribbon (refer to Figure 2 above).

    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.


  4. Within this tab, click the Add Shape button located under Create Graphic group to view the dropdown gallery that you can see in Figure 3.

    Add Shape button under Create Graphic
    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).

    Add Shape
    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 Shape After.

    • Add Shape Before: To insert a shape at the same level as the selected shape but before it, click Add Shape Before.

    • 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 chart layout.

    You'll see that last three options in Figure 3 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.

See Also:

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Adding New Shapes to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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