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Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to convert text within SmartArt graphics to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This feature can be helpful if you want to recover text in a SmartArt graphic.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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One of the best options available to create new SmartArt graphics is by converting your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times though, you might want to do the reverse, that is converting SmartArt into bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, this ability has been added. Do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 1, below. The SmartArt graphic variant that we are using is called Horizontal Picture List.
  2. Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with text
    Figure 1: Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with text
  3. When the SmartArt graphic is selected, you'll find two contextual tabs activated on the Ribbon. These are the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below. Select the SmartArt Tools Design tab.
  4. SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
  5. Contextual Tabs

  6. The SmartArt Tools Design and SmartArt Tools Format tabs are contextual tabs. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  7. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the Reset group. Then, click the Convert button to bring up the drop-down list, as shown in Figure 3, below. Within the list, select the Convert to Text option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
  8. Convert SmartArt to Text
    Figure 3: Convert SmartArt to Text
  9. This action will convert the SmartArt graphic to a bulleted list, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  10. SmartArt graphic converted to bulleted list
    Figure 4: SmartArt graphic converted to bulleted list
  11. Alternatively, you can right-click the SmartArt graphic. In the resultant contextual menu, choose the Convert to Text option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below.
  12. Convert to Text option
    Figure 5: Convert to Text option

Create a Backup Safety Net

Do note that all existing shapes and pictures in your SmartArt will be lost when it is converted to text. So, if you are unsure, create a copy of your slide with SmartArt graphic, and then do the conversion.


See Also:

SmartArt Basics: Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text (Glossary Page)

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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