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What is SmartArt?

Learn more about working with SmartArt within PowerPoint so that you can quickly create more effective diagrams.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 and higher for Windows (and PowerPoint 2008 and higher for Mac)

SmartArt is a diagramming component first introduced within PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, and now available on most platforms where PowerPoint is available including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, etc. Among other niceties, SmartArt allows you to replace boring bullet points with info-graphic content using text within shapes.

Here are some ideas for using SmartArt:

  • Create visual representations to explain concepts and ideas rather than use text content.
  • Create different types of diagrams such as org charts, matrixes, process flows, lists, cycle diagrams, and more.
  • Match the look and feel of create SmartArt graphics with the theme used in the active presentation.
  • Switch between SmartArt layouts to determine which works best for you.
  • Customize existing layouts by adding more shapes, changing colors, and playing with the fill, line, and effect options.
  • Work with text within a SmartArt graphic using the convenient text pane option.
  • Animate SmartArt graphics as one object, or animate sequentially at individual levels.

If all the talk about working with SmartArt graphics got you intimidated, don't worry because we'll show you how you can do all this and more in small articles that include step-by-step instructions. Look at our main SmartArt page.

Also, do explore our SmartArt Samples page.

Related Stuff: Do check out this free chapter excerpt from Special Edition: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007; the chapter is called Working With SmartArt.

What is SmartArt?

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