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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:

  1. 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).

    Basic Radial SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Basic Radial SmartArt graphic

  2. 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 2). Select the SmartArt Tools Format tab.

    SmartArt Tools Format tab selected
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Format tab selected

  3. 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.

    Larger and Smaller buttons
    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.

  4. Figure 4 shows the selected circle resized. If you compare Figure 2 and Figure 4 you will see that the selected circle has become smaller.

    Selected shape within SmartArt graphic is resized
    Figure 4: Selected shape within the SmartArt graphic is resized
  5. 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.

    Reset Shape option
    Figure 5: Reset Shape option

  6. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Resize Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Resize Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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