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Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. This feature allows you to apply coordinated fills, lines, and effects to SmartArt graphics.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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When change colors of a SmartArt graphic, fill colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt change. Other attributes such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to the selected SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic (learn to insert a SmartArt graphic), as shown in Figure 1, below. The SmartArt graphic variant that we are using (and have selected) is Diverging Radial.
  2. When the SmartArt graphic is selected, you'll find two contextual tabs activated on the Ribbon. These are the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. Activate the SmartArt Tools Design tab by clicking on it.
  3. SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
    Figure 1: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
  4. Contextual Tabs

  5. The SmartArt Tool Design and SmartArt Tool Format tabs are contextual tabs. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  6. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the SmartArt Styles group, then click the down-arrow, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.
  7. SmartArt Styles group
    Figure 2: SmartArt Styles group
  8. Doing so brings up the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3, below.
  9. SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery
  10. Just hover the cursor over any of the Style previews within the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery, as you move over different previews, the selected SmartArt graphic shows you a Live Preview of the style applied, as shown in Figure 4, below. Click on the preview thumbnail in the gallery to apply the style to the selected SmartArt graphic.
  11. SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the style selected
    Figure 4: SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the style selected
  12. Tip: Place your SmartArt graphic in an area that is not covered by the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery, so you can see the Live Preview.

See Also:

Working with SmartArt: Apply SmartArt Styles (Glossary Page)

Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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