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:
- 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.
Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic
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
Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
- Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the
SmartArt Styles group, then click the downward pointing arrow (highlighted
in red in Figure 3).
Figure 3: SmartArt Styles group
- This brings up the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery
that you can see in Figure 4.
Figure 4: SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery
- 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.
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.
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