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Move Shapes within SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to move individual shapes contained within SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Moving shapes lets you alter relationships within the SmartArt graphic.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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SmartArt is a powerful visual feature that places common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other to create a strong message. You can, of course, change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else, but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can move some shapes around within the SmartArt graphic if you want. This sort of creative freedom lets you adapt existing SmartArt layouts to your liking to create something new.

Follow these steps to explore how you can move shapes within any SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

  1. Select any shape within the SmartArt graphic that you want to move, as shown in Figure 1, below. The layout used in this example is Alternating Hexagons.
  2. Shape selected within the SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Shape selected within the SmartArt graphic
  3. Now, drag the selected shape to a new location within the SmartArt graphic. We dragged the hexagon in the center and moved it to the bottom-left, as shown in Figure 2, below. Do you see the bounding box that surrounds the entire SmartArt graphic? You can only move individual shapes within this bounding box.
  4. Shape is relocated within the SmartArt graphic
    Figure 2: Shape is relocated within the SmartArt graphic
  5. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Advanced SmartArt: Move Shapes within SmartArt Graphics (Glossary Page)

Move Shapes within SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Move Shapes within SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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