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Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how you can insert SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. SmartArt can quickly change bulleted text to graphics that contain shapes with text.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

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SmartArt is the name of the new diagram component within PowerPoint 2007, and this tutorial shows you how you can insert SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint. If you are new to this, do take a look at the What is SmartArt? and SmartArt Samples pages.

Follow these steps to insert a new SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows:

  1. Create a new presentation in PowerPoint, or open an existing presentation.
  2. When you insert a new slide in PowerPoint, it uses the default Title Slide layout.
  3. Insert a New Slide

  4. Learn more about inserting a new slide in PowerPoint 2007 here.
  5. Click the Layout button 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 shown in Figure 1.
  6. Choose a slide layout that includes a content placeholder
    Figure 1: Choose a slide layout that includes a content placeholder
  7. Either way, you'll end up with a new slide that includes 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.
  8. Content Placeholder
    Figure 2: Content Placeholder
  9. Alternatively, if you want to insert a SmartArt graphic 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.
  10. Insert SmartArt
    Figure 3: Insert SmartArt Graphic button
  11. You'll soon see the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  12. Choose a SmartArt graphic
    Figure 4: Choose a SmartArt graphic
  13. 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.
  14. Select any of the SmartArt graphic variants you want to insert, and click the OK button.
  15. This action will place the selected SmartArt graphic on the slide, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  16. Inserted SmartArt graphic
    Figure 5: Inserted SmartArt graphic
  17. 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.
  18. SmartArt graphic text pane
    Figure 6: SmartArt graphic Text Pane
  19. Any text content added or edited within the Text Pane shows up within the SmartArt graphic as well.
  20. Save your presentation.

PowerPoint Book

  • My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.

  • 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 2010 for Windows

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