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Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how you can insert SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. SmartArt can quickly change bulleted text to graphics that contain shapes with text.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 has replaced the diagram options in previous versions of PowerPoint. SmartArt also allows you to replace bullet points with info-graphic content using text-within-shapes that's more logical to view and present. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2010. If you are new to this, do also take a look at the What is SmartArt? and SmartArt Samples pages.

Follow these steps to insert a new SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Create a new presentation, or open an existing presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. When you insert a new slide in PowerPoint, it uses the default Title and Content Slide layout. But if you open a new presentation, it opens a new slide with the default Title Slide layout which you have to change to Title and Content.
  3. Click the Layout button/option in the Home tab of the Ribbon to bring up the Layout gallery, as shown in Figure 1, below. Select any of the layouts that include a content placeholder (the small palette like collection of multicolored buttons visible on some of the slide layouts (see Figure 1, again).
  4. Choose a slide layout that includes a content placeholder
    Figure 1: Choose a slide layout that includes a content placeholder
  5. If your slide layout has a content placeholder, click the Insert SmartArt Graphic button among the six buttons in the content placeholder that you can see in the slide within Figure 2, below.
  6. Content Placeholder
    Figure 2: Content Placeholder
  7. Alternatively, if you want to insert a SmartArt in an existing slide that has no content placeholder, just select the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the SmartArt button, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  8. SmartArt button under Insert tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 3: SmartArt button under Insert tab of the Ribbon
  9. Either of these options opens the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box that you can see in Figure 4, below.
  10. Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box
    Figure 4: Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box
  11. The left pane lists the types of SmartArt graphics available, the middle area displays SmartArt graphic variants within the selected type, and the area towards the right shows a preview of the selected SmartArt graphic along with a brief description.
  12. Select any of the SmartArt graphic variants you want to insert, and click the OK button.
  13. This action will place the selected SmartArt graphic on the slide, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  14. Inserted SmartArt graphic
    Figure 5: Inserted SmartArt graphic
  15. When the SmartArt graphic is placed on the slide, click the arrows located on the left side, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, above, to open the Text Pane as shown in Figure 6, below.
  16. SmartArt graphic text pane
    Figure 6: SmartArt graphic text pane
  17. Any text content added or edited within the Text Pane shows up within the SmartArt graphic as well.
  18. Save your presentation.

See Also:

SmartArt Basics: Inserting SmartArt (Glossary Page)

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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