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Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: October 7th 2011
Last Updated: October 7th 2011


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to apply different Styles to SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.






While changing the colors of a SmartArt graphic does change the fill colors of all shapes in your SmartArt graphic, it does not add other niceties such as coordinated outlines or effects. Yes, you can change the fill, line, and effects for individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- or you can use the all-inclusive time-saving SmartArt Styles option. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to a SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2011:

  1. Select the existing SmartArt graphic -- and click on the SmartArt tab of the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).

    SmartArt tab activated with Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic selected
    Figure 1: SmartArt tab activated with Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic selected

    Tip: Want to know how to add a SmartArt graphic on your slide in the first place? Go here to learn how you can insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


  2. Within the SmartArt tab, locate the SmartArt Graphic Styles group that you can see in Figure 2. In this group, you will find thumbnail previews of different SmartArt Styles that you can apply to the selected SmartArt graphic -- these previews may differ depending upon the type of SmartArt graphic you have selected. As you hover the mouse cursor over these previews, a downward pointing arrow appears as shown in Figure 2 (highlighted in red).

    SmartArt Graphic Styles thumbnail previews
    Figure 2: SmartArt Graphic Styles thumbnail previews

  3. Click this arrow to open the SmartArt Graphic Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. Do you notice that one of the previews is already highlighted in this gallery? The highlight indicates the style is currently applied to the selected SmartArt graphic.

    SmartArt Graphic Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: SmartArt Graphic Styles drop-down gallery

  4. Hover the cursor over any of the Style previews in this gallery -- notice that as you hover over different previews, you will see the names of the SmartArt Graphic Styles as a tool-tip (see Figure 4). To apply a style, click on any of the previews.

    New SmartArt style selected in the SmartArt Graphic Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 4: New SmartArt style selected in the SmartArt Graphic Styles drop-down gallery

  5. This applies the SmartArt Graphic style to the selected SmartArt. In Figure 5 you can see the selected SmartArt graphic applied with a new style (compare with Figure 1).

    SmartArt graphic with new style applied
    Figure 5: SmartArt graphic with new style applied

  6. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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