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Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to convert text within SmartArt graphics to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. This feature can be helpful if you want to recover text in a SmartArt graphic.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X



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One of the best options to create new SmartArt graphics is by converting your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Sometimes though, you might want to do the reverse, that is converting a SmartArt into bulleted text. Do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

Follow these steps to convert SmartArt graphics to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 1, below. The SmartArt graphic variant that we are using is the Horizontal Picture List. Note that when you convert this SmartArt graphic to a bulleted text, you will lose all pictures contained within this graphic.
  2. Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with textc
    Figure 1: Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with text
  3. Select the SmartArt tab of the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, above. Within this tab, locate the Reset group which is towards the extreme right. Then, click the Convert button, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, to access the drop-down list, as shown in Figure 2, below. Within this drop-down list, select the Convert to Text option, as shown in Figure 2.
  4. Convert to Text option selected
    Figure 2: Convert to Text option selected
  5. This action will convert the selected SmartArt graphic into a bulleted list, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  6. SmartArt graphic converted into a bulleted list
    Figure 3: SmartArt graphic converted into a bulleted list

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 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 2010 for Windows

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