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Change SmartArt Graphic Layouts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to change from one SmartArt graphic layout to another in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You’ll find that there are plenty of other SmartArt graphic options to choose from.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X



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Inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint 2011 or even converting existing bulleted text to SmartArt is easy, especially since you can choose from various SmartArt graphic variations available within PowerPoint. However, at some point in time, you may realize that the SmartArt graphic variant you chose is not the perfect option to show the kind of relationship or logic that you want to illustrate. Fortunately, there are so many other SmartArt types available, and changing an existing SmartArt graphic to some other layout (type) is painless.

Follow these steps to change SmartArt graphic layouts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 1, below. The SmartArt graphic variant that we have selected is the Diverging Radial.
  2. Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic selected
    Figure 1: Diverging Radial SmartArt graphic
  3. With the SmartArt graphic selected, click on the SmartArt tab of the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below. Within this tab, locate the Change SmartArt Graphic group which includes buttons representing various categories of SmarArt.
  4. SmartArt tab on the Ribbon
    Figure 2: SmartArt tab on the Ribbon
  5. Contextual Tabs

  6. The SmartArt Tool tab is a contextual tab. This is a special tab on the Ribbon that is not visible all the time. This tab only makes an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  7. Clicking any of these buttons will open a drop-down gallery displaying SmartArt graphic variants of that particular category. In Figure 3, below, you can see the Cycle category's gallery.
  8. Cycle category's gallery
    Figure 3: Cycle category's gallery
  9. Note that your current SmartArt type is highlighted with dark orange border, as shown in Figure 3, above. To change the SmartArt type, click on another preview thumbnail that represents a different layout that you see in the drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3, above.
  10. In Figure 4, below, you can see that we have selected the Radial Venn type.
  11. New layout selected within the Cycle category gallery
    Figure 4: New layout selected within the Cycle category gallery
  12. Choose a Suitable SmartArt Graphic Layout

  13. Although you can select any SmartArt graphic layout, do check if your new type (layout) matches the type of relationship or logic that you want to illustrate.
  14. In Figure 5, below, you can see that the selected SmartArt graphic's layout has changed form Diverging Radial to Radial Venn (compare Figures 1 and 5).
  15. SmartArt graphic's layout changed to Radial Venn
    Figure 5: SmartArt graphic's layout changed to Radial Venn
  16. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Working with SmartArt: Change SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Glossary Page)

Change SmartArt Graphic Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Change SmartArt Graphic Layouts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Change SmartArt Graphic Layouts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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