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Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to change shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. In many ways, editing text within SmartArt graphics is more intuitive using the Text Pane.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X



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Most of the time, SmartArt graphics work great with their default looks, and that's something to credit Microsoft with. In addition you can change one SmartArt graphics to another and you can also change colors or apply a new SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt appear distinct and unique. What many users don't realize though is that they can change the individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic to another shape. For instance, you can change some circles in your SmartArt graphic to squares with a mere click or two!

Follow these steps to explore how you can change the individual shapes in SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2011 in Mac:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic. Then select the particular shape which you want to change within your SmartArt graphic. In Figure 1, below you can see that among the three Rounded Rectangle shapes, the middle one has been selected.
  2. Continuous Block Process SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Continuous Block Process SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
  3. Tip: Want to know how to add a SmartArt graphic on your slide in the first place? Go here to learn how you can insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
  4. Select the SmartArt tab of the Ribbon that you can see highlighted in red in Figure 2. Within this tab, locate the Edit SmartArt group and click the Shape button (highlighted in blue in Figure 2).
  5. Shape button within Edit SmartArt group of SmartArt tab
    Figure 2: Shape button within Edit SmartArt group of SmartArt tab
  6. Doing so opens the Shape drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 3, below. From the different shape categories included in this gallery, select any shape you like, for this tutorial an Oval has been selected (refer to Figure 3 again).
  7. Oval shape selected within the Shape drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Oval shape selected within the Shape drop-down gallery
  8. This will change the selected shape in the SmartArt to the new shape which you have just chosen from the Shape gallery. In Figure 4 you can see that the Rounded Rectangle shape selected earlier is now changed to an Oval. Note that only the shape is changed, and all other attributes of the shape such as fill color, outline color, etc, are still the same (compare Figure 1 and 4).
  9. Selected shape within a SmartArt graphic is changed from a rectangle to an oval
    Figure 4: Selected shape within a SmartArt graphic is changed from a rectangle to an oval
  10. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Advanced SmartArt: Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic (Glossary Page)

Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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