SmartArt graphics are essentially diagrams based on logic or relationships. First introduced with PowerPoint 2007, SmartArt has been
improved in PowerPoint 2010 (and Office 2010). Using a combination of simple
shapes and text, SmartArt can be more effective in expressing information than plain bulleted text.
Follow these steps to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010:
- Create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2010, or open any existing one. Navigate to the slide where you want to insert a SmartArt
- Select the Insert tab on the Ribbon, and then
click the SmartArt button as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: SmartArt
- This summons the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box (see Figure 2). Choose any of the SmartArt
graphic variants, and click the OK button to add it to the slide.
Figure 2: Choose a SmartArt Graphic
- This places the selected SmartArt graphic on the slide as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: SmartArt on the slide
- Replace the dummy text with the text that you want to use.
- When a SmartArt graphic is selected on the slide, two new contextual tabs are activated on the Ribbon:
- The SmartArt Tools Design tab (see Figure 4) allows you to add and reorganize shapes within a
SmartArt graphic. You can also change the layout, color, and styles and reset the formatted SmartArt to its default state.
Figure 4: SmartArt Design tab
- The SmartArt Tools Format tab (see Figure 5) lets you change, enlarge or reduce the size of the
shapes, apply Shapes Styles, format text and also rearrange the shapes.
Figure 5: SmartArt Format tab
- Save your presentation.
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