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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 to create new SmartArt 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, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text, do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1. The SmartArt graphic variant that we are using (and have selected) is the 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: the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs (highlighted in red in Figure 2). Select the SmartArt Tools Design tab.
  4. SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
  5. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the Reset group, then click the Convert button to bring up the drop-down list (see Figure 3). Within the list, select the Convert to Text option (highlighted in red in Figure 3).
  6. Convert SmartArt to Text
    Figure 3: Convert SmartArt to Text
  7. This will convert the SmartArt graphic to bulleted list, as shown in Figure 4.
  8. SmartArt graphic converted to bulleted list
    Figure 4: SmartArt graphic converted to bulleted list
  9. Alternatively, you can right-click the SmartArt graphic to get the resultant context menu, and choose the Convert to Text option (highlighted in red in Figure 5).
  10. Convert to Text option
    Figure 5: Convert to Text option
Warning: Do note that all existing shapes and pictures in your SmartArt will be lost when it is converted to text, so if you are not sure, you can 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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