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Move Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

Date Created: April 25th 2011
Last Updated: April 25th 2011

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to move individual shapes comprised within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.

SmartArt is a readymade infographic that typically places common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other in a particular location. You can of course change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else -- but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can actually move some shapes around within the SmartArt graphic if you want -- this sort of creative freedom lets you adapt existing SmartArt layouts to your liking. In this tutorial we'll explore how to move shapes within any SmartArt graphic:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1. The layout used in this example is Alternating Hexagons.

    Alternating Hexagons SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Alternating Hexagons SmartArt graphic

  2. Select any shape within the SmartArt graphic which you want to move, as shown in Figure 2.

    Shape is selected within SmartArt graphic
    Figure 2: Shape is selected within SmartArt graphic

  3. Now just drag the selected shape to a new location within SmartArt graphic (see Figure 3). Do you see the bounding box that surrounds the entire SmartArt graphic? You can only move individual shapes within this bounding box.

    Shape is relocated within SmartArt graphic
    Figure 3: Shape is relocated within the SmartArt graphic

See Also:

Move Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Move Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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