Learn how you can get more SmartArt graphic variants.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint (all versions)
When Microsoft introduced SmartArt as part of Office 2007, it essentially created one of the most welcomed and used features in all of Microsoft Office programs. People loved this feature, and you will still find that so many users are amazed by the fact that you can convert some bulleted text on a PowerPoint slide into a graphic with one click!
In addition to creating SmartArt, and including a bunch of some great variants out of the box, Microsoft also created a way for individuals and developers to create their own custom SmartArt Layout files - these new SmartArt Layouts had the file extension, GLOX -- and could be dropped into a designated folder -- and that would result in additional SmartArt graphics being available to you.
Unfortunately there was no rush of customized SmartArt graphics -- and there was also no clamor for more and more SmartArt graphics! Why did this happen?
This happened because creating SmartArt graphics on your own was not as simple as you may think. Very few additional SmartArt graphics have been created by third party vendors yet -- and that explains why most users are not aware that extra SmartArt graphics are an available option!
We started looking for online sources for GLOX files, and it seems that the offerings are very thin indeed. One site that did have some
GLOX files was the
Loki3 Diagrams site (see
Figure 1, below), which has provided all their GLOX content under the
Creative Commons license.
Also the site has not been updated since Office 2007 -- so do grab all you need right-away just in case!
Figure 1: Download some SmartArt GLOX files
Thereafter follow these steps:
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?
Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences ebook.
Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.