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Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

Date Created: April 13th 2011
Last Updated: April 13th 2011

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2010.

While changing the color of a SmartArt graphic changes the color fills of individual shapes in your SmartArt, it does not add other niceties such as outlines or effects -- rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to selected SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic (learn to insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint 2010), as shown in Figure 1. The SmartArt graphic variant that I am using (and have selected) is called Diverging Radial.

    Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010
    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 in Figure 2). Select the SmartArt Tools Design tab.

    SmartArt Tools Design tab selected in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected

  3. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the SmartArt Styles group, then click the downward pointing arrow (highlighted in red in Figure 3).

    SmartArt Styles group in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 3: SmartArt Styles group

  4. This brings up the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4.

    SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 4: SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery

  5. Just hover the cursor over any of the Style previews in the gallery -- as you move over different previews, the selected SmartArt graphic shows you a live preview of the style applied, as shown in Figure 5. Click on the preview thumbnail in the gallery to apply the style to the selected SmartArt graphic.

    SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the style selected
    Figure 5: SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the style selected

    Tip: Place your SmartArt graphic in an area that is not covered by the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery, so you can see the live preview.

See Also:

Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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