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Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to move individual shapes comprised within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

OS: Windows 7 and higher

SmartArt graphics are easily inserted infographics that typically place 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 actually 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. In this tutorial, we'll explore how to move shapes within any SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Select any shape within the SmartArt graphic which you want to move, as shown in Figure 1. The layout used in this example is Alternating Hexagons.

    Shape selected within the SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Shape selected within the SmartArt graphic
  2. Now just drag the selected shape to a new location within SmartArt graphic (see Figure 2). Do you see the bounding box that surrounds the entire SmartArt graphic? You can only move individual shapes within this bounding box.

    Shape is relocated within SmartArt graphic
    Figure 2: Shape is relocated within the SmartArt graphic
  3. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

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

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