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Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to format text attributes of SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.

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

All the SmartArt layouts have text placeholders, which are basically text boxes. You can click and start typing within these placeholders to add text. In the previous tutorial, we showed you how to insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), and how the SmartArt Text Pane works. There are several ways to format the SmartArt graphic text; follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013, as you can see in Figure 1.

    SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: SmartArt graphic
  2. Select the Home tab on the Ribbon, within the Font group (highlighted in red within Figure 2). You'll get options to change the font type, font size, apply font style, change the font color, etc.

    Font group within Home tab on the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Font group within Home tab on the Ribbon
  3. Alternatively, you can select text within the SmartArt graphic's Text Pane to bring up the Mini Toolbar (the toolbar on the top, highlighted in red within Figure 3).

    Mini toolbar
    Figure 3: Mini toolbar

    As you can see in Figure 3 above, the Mini Toolbar contains most of the text formatting options you may require -- it thus saves you from accessing the Ribbon tabs each time you want to apply some text formatting.

See Also:

Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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