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Move Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: October 13th 2011
Last Updated: October 13th 2011


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to move individual shapes comprised within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.






SmartArt is a readymade infographic that typically places common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other so that they can represent some logic or hierarchy. You can of course change 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 customize existing SmartArt layouts to your liking. In this tutorial we'll explore how to move shapes within any SmartArt graphic:

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic within which you want to move some shape, as you can see in Figure 1. The layout used in this tutorial is Alternating Hexagons.

    Alternating Hexagons SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2011
    Figure 1: Alternating Hexagons SmartArt graphic

  2. Click on the shape which you want to move within the selected SmartArt graphic. In Figure 2 you can see that the hexagon shape in the center, has been selected.

    Shape selected within SmartArt graphic
    Figure 2: Shape selected within SmartArt graphic

  3. Now, just start dragging the selected shape without releasing the mouse button to a new location within SmartArt graphic as shown in Figure 3.

    Selected shape being dragged within the SmartArt graphic
    Figure 3: Selected shape being dragged within the SmartArt graphic

  4. Place the shape in a new location (see Figure 4) and release the mouse button. Do you see the bounding box that surrounds the entire SmartArt graphic? You can move the shapes of SmartArt only within the area covered by this bounding box.

    Shape relocated within SmartArt graphic
    Figure 4: Shape relocated within the SmartArt graphic

  5. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Move Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Move Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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