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Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

Date Created: April 5th 2011
Last Updated: April 5th 2011


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to delete shapes from an existing SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.






Once you have inserted a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converted some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic -- follow these steps to delete shapes from your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1. The SmartArt graphic variant that we are using (and have selected) is the Diverging Radial.

    Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic

    Related Link: See more SmartArt graphic samples here.


  2. Select the shape within the SmartArt graphic which you want to delete (see Figure 2). We have selected the top most circle with Dubai written in it (refer to Figure 2 again).

    Shape is selected within SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 2: Shape is selected within SmartArt graphic

  3. Now just press the Delete button on the keyboard, this will delete the selected shape within the SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 3.

    Selected shape deleted
    Figure 3: Selected shape deleted

  4. Figure 4 shows you the SmartArt graphic after the selected shape was deleted, compare Figure 1 and Figure 4.

    SmartArt graphic after selected shape was deleted in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 4: SmartArt graphic after selected shape was deleted

See Also:

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 

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