One of the reasons why PowerPoint's implementation of the SmartArt feature is considered so good is because customizations are so doable. We have already shown you how to change colors of the entire SmartArt graphic, or apply cool SmartArt styles. In addition, you can format at the individual shape level within the SmartArt graphics, change individual shapes or even move them within the area occupied by the SmartArt.
Follow these steps to resize individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic, and select the individual shape that you want to resize, as shown in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Basic Radial SmartArt graphic
- You can place the cursor over the selected shape’s handles (four blueish-white round handles on the corners, and four blueish-white square handles on the sides), and drag any of these handles to resize the shape. Learn more in our Resizing Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
- However, there may be situations where you want to slightly rotate the shape, or to resize it to a fixed size. The Format Shape dialog box provides you with options to do so. To access this dialog, use any of these procedures:
- With the shape selected, access the Format | Shape menu option, as shown in Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Shape option within the Format menu
- Right-click (or Ctrl + click) the selected shape to bring up a contextual menu. From this menu, select the Format Shape option, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Format Shape option
Figure 4: Shape resize and rotation options within Format Shape dialog box
Figure 5: New values entered for resizing and rotating the selected shape
Figure 6: Selected shape within the SmartArt graphic is resized and rotated
Figure 7: Reset Shape option
Reset Entire SmartArt Graphic
Advanced SmartArt: Resize Shapes within SmartArt Graphics (Glossary Page)