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Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to change shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.

Product / Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and higher

The default look of SmartArt graphics works great, and you may not want to change a thing! Yet, it's good to know that you can change your SmartArt graphics to other layouts, change the color of SmartArt graphics, or apply a SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt graphic appear distinct and unique. You can also change the actual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- for instance, you can change some circles in your SmartArt graphic to squares with a mere click or two! Follow these steps to explore how you can change the shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 1. Note that once you select a SmartArt graphic, two contextual tabs activate on the Ribbon: these are the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs (highlighted in red within Figure 1). Activate the SmartArt Tools Format tab by clicking on it.

    SmartArt Tools Format tab
    Figure 1: SmartArt Tools Format tab
  2. Click to select any shape within SmartArt graphic which you want to change. In the example shown in Figure 1 , above we selected the middle Rounded Rectangle.
  3. Within the SmartArt Tools Format tab, click the Change Shape button (highlighted in red within Figure 2). This brings up the Change Shapes drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2.

    Change Shape drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Change Shape drop-down gallery

    Click upon any shape you like. For this tutorial we have selected an Oval shape (refer to Figure 2, again).
  4. Figure 3, below shows the selected Rounded Rectangle changed to an Oval shape. Note that only the shape is changed and other attributes such as fill color, outline color, and effects, are still the same (compare Figures 1 and 3).

    Selected rectangle changed to an oval within a SmartArt graphic
    Figure 3: Selected rectangle changed to an oval within a SmartArt graphic
  5. Similarly, select and change any shape within a SmartArt graphic.

See Also:

Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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