Move Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
Date Created: April 25th 2011
Last Updated: April 25th 2011
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to move individual shapes comprised within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.
SmartArt is a readymade infographic that typically places common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other in a particular location. You can of course change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else -- but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can actually move some shapes around within the SmartArt graphic if you want -- this sort of creative freedom lets you adapt existing SmartArt layouts to your liking. In this tutorial we'll explore how to move shapes within any SmartArt graphic:
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure
1. The layout used in this example is Alternating Hexagons.
Figure 1: Alternating Hexagons SmartArt graphic
- Select any shape within the SmartArt graphic which you want to move, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Shape is selected within SmartArt graphic
- Now just drag the selected shape to a new location within SmartArt graphic
3). Do you see the bounding box that surrounds the entire SmartArt
graphic? You can only move individual shapes within this bounding
Figure 3: Shape is relocated within the SmartArt graphic
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