Reset SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Date Created: October 19th 2011
Last Updated: October 19th 2011
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to reset a customized SmartArt graphic back to its original, default state in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
The fact that the SmartArt allows so much customization in PowerPoint 2011 by applying new colors or styles means that your SmartArt graphic may be not quite the same as PowerPoint's default offering -- in addition, you may have resized or moved individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic, and there's no real undo for any of these options once you save and close your presentation file. If you do have the need to undo all of the customizations, you can do so by restoring the default layout and colors of the entire SmartArt graphic using the Reset option, and get rid of any customizations. Follow these steps to learn more:
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic, which you have applied some style to, as you can see in Figure
1. Select the SmartArt tab of the Ribbon (highlighted
in red in Figure 1), and locate the Reset group (highlighted in blue in Figure 1) within this tab.
Figure 1: Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with customized color and style
- In this group, click the Reset Graphic button that you can see in Figure 2 (highlighted in red).
Figure 2: Reset Graphic button for SmartArt
Alternatively, you can right-click the selected SmartArt graphic to bring up the contextual menu, as shown in Figure 3 -- and then choose the Reset Graphic option.
Figure 3: Reset Graphic option selected within the contextual menu
- Either way, you will restore the SmartArt graphic’s default look with all customizations removed, as shown in Figure 4 (compare with Figure 1). Do note that although this resets the color choices and the layout, it does retain any pictures you may have added in the SmartArt picture placeholders. If you want to get rid of any picture, just select the picture, and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
Figure 4: SmartArt reset back to its default state retains added pictures
- Save your presentation.
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