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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Working with SmartArt

Adding SmartArt to your slide show can enhance its effect on your audience. SmartArt graphics group related information and make it easier to explain through visual cues. SmartArt graphics are easily animated, and have dynamic animation options built in corresponding to the shape you are using.

TopInserting SmartArt

You can create SmartArt in the Normal view. To create and insert SmartArt, use the following steps:

  1. From the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SMARTARTSmartArt button
    The Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box appears.

  2. From the category list, select All
    OR
    From the category list, select a category of SmartArt

  3. From the gallery, select a SmartArt graphic
    NOTES:
    The display pane at the right contains explanations of the currently selected SmartArt graphic.
    For more information about SmartArt and the selection process, refer to Working with SmartArt: An Overview.

  4. Click OK
    The graphic appears on the slide.
    The SmartArt canvas appears.

Adding Text to SmartArt Using the Text Pane

The SmartArt canvas also provides a text pane that organizes all of your SmartArt graphic's text for you, and allows for easy text editing without the worry of accidentally altering your graphic.

Considerations

Depending on the graphic, pressing [Enter], [Delete], and [Tab] in the text pane affect the shapes in the graphic differently. Depending on the text you have selected, or where you place your cursor, these keys will alter the presentation in the following ways:

To add text to your SmartArt graphic

  1. If the Text pane is not visible, click the flyout button on the border of the SmartArt canvas
    The Text pane appears.
    Flyout button for the SmartArt Text pane

  2. From the text pane, select a text box and type the desired text
    NOTE: The text will fill in the corresponding spot in the canvas.
    SmartArt Text Pane

  3. To close the text pane, click the X in the upper right corner of the pane

Adding Images to SmartArt

Some of the SmartArt graphics are designed to hold pictures as well as text. Use the steps below to insert images into your SmartArt graphic. When you use the pre-designed SmartArt graphics for use with pictures, you will be adding existing images. To add an image from the Internet, you will need to save it to your computer or a disk first. For more information on capturing images, refer to Capturing Images, Sounds, and Movies.

  1. On the SmartArt canvas, in the desired image area, click the Insert Picture buttonSmartArt insert picture button
    The Insert Picture dialog box appears.

  2. From the Look in pull-down list, locate and select the desired image

  3. Click INSERT
    Your picture is inserted.

TopMoving SmartArt

After inserting a SmartArt graphic, you may wish to move the graphic on your slide. Follow these steps to position your graphic within your presentation.

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you want to move
    The SmartArt canvas appears.

  2. Position the mouse over the border of the SmartArt canvas
    The cursor becomes a four-sided arrow.
    Moving the SmartArt canvas

  3. Click and drag the graphic to the desired location

  4. Release the mouse button
    The SmartArt graphic is moved.

TopResizing SmartArt

You may wish to manipulate the dimensions of your SmartArt graphic after positioning it on your slide. You can resize the entire graphic as a whole, and you can also resize individual pieces inside the canvas. These steps will help you in resizing your SmartArt.

Resizing SmartArt: Mouse Option

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you want to resize
    The SmartArt canvas appears.

  2. Move your pointer over one of the handles on the border of the canvas
    NOTE: Your cursor turns into a double arrow when it is in the correct place.
    Resizing the SmartArt canvas

  3. Click and drag the canvas until it is the desired size

  4. Release the mouse button
    The graphic has been resized.

Resizing SmartArt: Ribbon Option

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you want to resize
    The SmartArt canvas appears.

  2. To select the desired height, from the Format tab, in the Size group, in the Shape Height text box, type the desired height
    Shape Height text box

  3. To select the desired width, from the Format tab, in the Size group, in the Shape Width text box, type the desired width
    Shape Width text box

TopCustomizing SmartArt in the Canvas

SmartArt graphics can be customized just like ordinary text and shapes in PowerPoint, with some added features. When working with SmartArt, the shapes and text are locked inside the SmartArt canvas. This means that the objects and text can only be worked with inside the borders of the canvas. The canvas keeps everything within it visible by dynamically resizing and reshaping as you work. For example, if you resize one shape to be very wide, the other shapes will automatically become thin proportionately in order to remain visible.

Resizing Shapes in the Canvas

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you want to change
    The SmartArt canvas appears.

  2. In the SmartArt canvas, select the object you want to resize

  3. Place your pointer on one of the eight handles surrounding it
    NOTE: Your cursor turns into a double arrow when it is in the correct place.
    Object Selection Box

  4. Click and hold the mouse button

  5. Drag the mouse until the object is the desired size

  6. Release the mouse
    The object is resized.

Moving Shapes in the Canvas

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you want to change
    The SmartArt canvas appears.

  2. In the SmartArt canvas, select the object you want to move

  3. Place your pointer over the object you wish to move until it becomes a four-sided arrow
    Moving an Object in the Canvas

  4. Click and hold the mouse button

  5. Drag the object to the desired place

  6. Release the mouse
    The object is moved.

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