Resize Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
Date Created: April 20th 2011
Last Updated: April 20th 2011
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to resize shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.
PowerPoint's implementation of the SmartArt feature is so good because of the customizations you are allowed to perform. You have already learned that you can change colors of the entire SmartArt graphic, or apply cool SmartArt styles. In addition, you can format individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic -- change individual shapes or move the shapes within the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, you will explore how you can resize individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic:
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic (learn how to insert
a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint 2010), as you
can see in Figure
1. Note that once you select a SmartArt graphic, two
contextual tabs activate on the Ribbon:
the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools
Format tabs (highlighted in red in Figure 2).
Figure 1: Basic Radial SmartArt graphic
- Select any shape within SmartArt graphic which you want to resize.
In this example, you will notice that we have selected the circle in
the center (see Figure
Select the SmartArt Tools
Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Format tab selected
- Within the SmartArt Tools
Format tab, locate the Shapes group, choose Larger or Smaller buttons (highlighted in red in Figure 3) to resize your selected shape.
Figure 3: Larger and Smaller buttons
Alternatively, you can also place the cursor over the selected shape’s handles (four round blueish white handles on the corners, and four square blueish white handles on the sides) and drag to get your desired size. Learn more about resizing shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
- Figure 4 shows the selected circle resized. If you compare Figure
Figure 4 you will see that the selected circle has become smaller.
Figure 4: Selected shape within the SmartArt graphic is resized
- Save your presentation often.
Note: You can restore the original size of any shape which you
resize -- to do that, right-click the shape you want to restore
the size for, and then choose the Reset Shape option in the contextual
menu, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Reset Shape option
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