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Reset SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

Date Created: April 28th 2011
Last Updated: April 28th 2011

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to reset a customized SmartArt graphic to its original state in PowerPoint 2010.

The fact that SmartArt allows so much customization in PowerPoint 2010 by applying new colors or styles means that your SmartArt graphic may be not quite the same as PowerPoint's default offering -- in addition, you may have resized or moved individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic, and there's no real undo for any of these options once you save and close your presentation file. If you do have the need to undo all of the customizations, you can do so by restoring the default layout and colors of the entire SmartArt graphic using the Reset option. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can restore a SmartArt graphic to its default layout and colors, and get rid of any other customizations:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1.

    Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with color and style applied
    Figure 1: Horizontal Picture List SmartArt with color and style applied

  2. 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.

    SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected

  3. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the Reset group, then click the Reset Graphic button (see Figure 3).

    Reset Graphic button
    Figure 3: Reset Graphic button

  4. This restores the SmartArt graphic’s default look by removing all the customizations, as shown in Figure 4. Do note that although this resets the color choices and the layout, it does retain any pictures you add in SmartArt picture placeholders.

    SmartArt restored back to its default look
    Figure 4: SmartArt restored back to its default state

    Alternatively, you can right-click the SmartArt graphic to bring up a context menu, and choose the Reset Graphic option (highlighted in red in Figure 5).

    Reset Graphic option
    Figure 5: Reset Graphic option

  5. Save your presentation often.

See Also: Reset SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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