Indezine Logo

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how you can insert SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. SmartArt can quickly change bulleted text to graphics that contain shapes with text.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

Learn PowerPoint

How do I use an animated GIF as a fill for my WordArt in PowerPoint?

SmartArt is a PowerPoint option that allows you to create diagrams easily. Did you know that SmartArt can function as a substitute for conventional bullet points?

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to insert SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. If you are new to SmartArt, do also take a look at the What is SmartArt? and SmartArt Samples pages.

Follow these steps to insert a new SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Create a new presentation, or open an existing presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. Insert a new slide, or create a new presentation altogether.
  3. New Slides and Slide Layouts

  4. Learn how to insert a new slide and how to change the slide layout in PowerPoint 2016.
  5. Click the Layout button on the Home tab of the Ribbon to bring up the Layout drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 1, below. Select any of the layouts that include a content placeholder. A content placeholder is the small palette like collection of multi-colored buttons visible on some of the slide layouts that you can see in Figure 1.
  6. Choose a slide layout that includes a content placeholder
    Figure 1: Choose a slide layout that includes a content placeholder
  7. If your slide layout has a content placeholder, click the Insert a SmartArt Graphic button among the six buttons in the content placeholder that you can see in the slide within Figure 2, below.
  8. Content Placeholder
    Figure 2: Content Placeholder
  9. Alternatively, if you want to insert a SmartArt graphic in an existing slide that has no content placeholder, select the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the SmartArt button, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  10. SmartArt button within the Insert tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 3: SmartArt button within the Insert tab of the Ribbon
  11. Either of these options opens the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box that you can see in Figure 4, below.
  12. Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box
    Figure 4: Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box
  13. The left pane lists the types of SmartArt graphics available.
  14. The middle area displays SmartArt graphic variants within the selected type.
  15. Finally, the area towards the right shows a preview of the selected SmartArt graphic along with a brief description.
  16. Select any of the SmartArt graphic variants you want to insert, and click the OK button.
  17. Doing so will place the selected SmartArt graphic on the slide, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  18. Inserted SmartArt graphic
    Figure 5: Inserted SmartArt graphic
  19. When the SmartArt graphic is placed on the slide, click the arrow located on the left side as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, above, to open the Text Pane, as shown in Figure 6, below.
  20. SmartArt graphic text pane
    Figure 6: SmartArt graphic text pane
  21. Any text content added or edited within the text pane shows up within the SmartArt graphic as well. We explore this option more in our Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.
  22. Save your presentation.

See Also:

SmartArt Basics: Inserting SmartArt (Glossary Page)

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

You May Also Like: Speaking Practically: Conversation with Kelly Vandever | Blackberries PowerPoint Templates

Popular Posts

PowerPoint Tutorials, Articles and Reviews
PowerPoint Tutorials, Articles and Reviews
Tutorials, reviews, articles and templates for Microsoft PowerPoint and other presentation software.

PowerPoint Templates
PowerPoint Templates
Find over 6000 PowerPoint templates in thousands of categories and all colors—from a trusted PowerPoint template resource for 20 years.

Create Animated GIFs from PowerPoint Slides
Create Animated GIFs from PowerPoint Slides
Explore ways to create animated GIFs from PowerPoint slides.

PowerPoint Tutorials
PowerPoint Tutorials
These PowerPoint tutorials have many screen shots that show you exactly what you see in your computer!

Pictures in Presentations

Is a picture is worth a thousand words? You probably have heard this adage so often that we decided not to repeat this phrase throughout this book! Now here’s some more info: the human brain uses a larger part of its area to store visual information rather than textual content. And that’s possibly because a picture describes so much more than text.

Go and get a copy of our Pictures in Presentations ebook.

This is the original page. An AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) version of this page is also available for those on mobile platforms, at Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Home | PowerPoint | Photoshop | PowerPoint Templates | PowerPoint Tutorials | Blog | Notes | Ezine | Media Kit | Feedback | Site Map | About Us | Contact Us

Link to Us | Privacy | Testimonials

PowerPoint Backgrounds | Christian PowerPoint Backgrounds | Business PowerPoint Presentation Templates

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

©2000-2022, Geetesh Bajaj. All rights reserved.