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Format SmartArt Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: October 21st 2011
Last Updated: October 21st 2011


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to format the text in SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.






All SmartArt layouts include text boxes -- you can click within these text boxes, and start typing to add text. You need not know much about some related concepts to follow this tutorial -- but just in case, we have already showed how you can insert SmartArt and convert bulleted text to SmartArt. Having said that, let us now explore the ways to format text within SmartArt graphics:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, and click the Text Pane icon (highlighted in red in Figure 1).

    SmartArt graphic selected
    Figure 1: SmartArt graphic selected

  2. This makes the Text Pane visible on the left side of the SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 2. In the Text Pane, select the text which you want to format. In Figure 2 you can see that in the Text Pane, the first bulleted text ‘Charts’ has been selected, and you can also see the selection being reflected in the SmartArt graphic.

    Text selected within the Text Pane
    Figure 2: Text selected within the Text Pane

  3. At this stage, you can proceed with any of the following options to format the selected text:
    1. You can use the text formatting options within Formatting Toolbar that you can see in Figure 3 (highlighted in red). To learn more about the options within the Formatting Toolbar, read our Formatting Toolbar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

      Formatting Toolbar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
      Figure 3: Formatting Toolbar in PowerPoint 2011

    2. The second option is the Format tab (highlighted in blue in Figure 3, above). If you want to apply some styles and effects to the selected text, click on the Format tab on the Ribbon. Within this tab, locate the Text Styles group that you can see in Figure 4. This group includes the options to apply some readymade styles and effects to the selected text.

      Text Styles group within Format tab
      Figure 4: Text Styles group within Format tab

    3. You can also summon the Format Text dialog box which includes almost all text formatting options. To do that, right-click the selected text within the text pane, and from the contextual menu that appears, select the Font option as shown in Figure 5.

      Font option selected
      Figure 5: Font option selected

      This brings up the Format Text dialog box that you can see in Figure 6 -- this dialog includes all possible text editing options such as changing the font, style, text fill, text line, effects etc. Select the text formatting options as required, and click OK to apply the changes and get back to the slide.

      Format Text dialog box
      Figure 6: Format Text dialog box

  4. Figure 7 shows the selected text within SmartArt Graphic after some text formatting applied. Compare it with Figure 1 to see the difference.

    SmartArt text formatted
    Figure 7: SmartArt text formatted

See Also:

Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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