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Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

Working with Diagrams: An Overview

You can add a variety of diagrams to your PowerPoint presentation: Cycle, Organization Chart, Pyramid, Radial, Target, and Venn. You can use these diagrams to illustrate various concepts and to add life to documents and presentations.

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Cycle: Use this diagram when you want to show a process, especially one that is cyclical. Organization Chart: Use this diagram when you want to show a hierarchy.
Example of Cycle diagram Example of Organizational Chart diagram
Pyramid: Use this diagram when you want to show a building relationship. Radial: Use this diagram to show how various elements relate to a central idea.
Example of Pyramid diagram Example of Radial diagram
Target: Use this diagram to show a progression
of items.
Venn: Use this diagram to show areas of commonality or overlap.
Example of Target diagram Example of Venn diagram

return to topSizing Diagrams

When you add or change a diagram, it appears with drawing space around it, outlined by a non-printing border and sizing handles. You can use sizing commands to make the drawing area larger so you have more room to work. You can also get rid of excess space by fitting the border more closely to the diagram. For more information about sizing, refer to Resizing Diagrams.

return to topFormatting Diagrams

Once you have chosen a diagram, you can format the entire diagram with preset styles, or you can format pieces of it just as you format shapes. You can add text, color, fills, textures, and backgrounds as well as change line weight and style. You can use the Diagram toolbar that appears with your diagram to add elements or segments and to move them forward and backward. For more information, refer to Diagram Formatting Options.

return to topAnimating Diagrams

Along with sizing and formatting, you can also animate your diagrams to direct the audience's attention to different parts of the diagram being presented. With animation, you can control the flow of the information during the presentation. For more information, refer to Animating Diagrams.

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