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SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn about SmartArt graphics -- a new feature in PowerPoint 2007.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP

Date Created: June 9th 2009
Last Updated: June 9th 2009

SmartArt graphics are a new feature in PowerPoint 2007 (and Office 2007). Like charts, these are info-graphics but the similarities end there. Whereas charts are based on figures, the foundations of SmartArt graphics are based on logic, which helps convey relationships, hierarchies, and flows through a combination of simple shapes and text. Organization charts and cycle relationship drawings are all common examples of SmartArt graphics

Follow these steps to insert SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint:

  1. Create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2007.

  2. Select the Insert tab on the Ribbon, and then click the SmartArt button as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1: SmartArt

  3. This summons the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box (see Figure 2). Choose any of the SmartArt graphic variants. and click OK to add it to the slide.

    Choose a SmartArt Graphic
    Figure 2: Choose a SmartArt Graphic

  4. This places the selected SmartArt graphic on the slide as shown in Figure 3.

    SmartArt on the slide
    Figure 3: SmartArt on the slide

  5. Replace the dummy text with the text that you want to use.

  6. When a SmartArt graphic is selected on the slide, two new contextual tabs are activated on the Ribbon:

    1. The SmartArt Tools Design tab (see Figure 4) allows you to add and reorganize shapes within a SmartArt graphic. You can also change the layout, color, and styles and reset the formatted SmartArt to its default state.

      SmartArt Design tab
      Figure 4: SmartArt Design tab

    2. The SmartArt Tools Format tab (see Figure 5) lets you can change, enlarge or reduce the shapes, apply Shapes Styles, format text and also rearrange the shapes.

      SmartArt Format tab
      Figure 5: SmartArt Format tab

  7. Save your presentation.

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