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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

SmartArt Formatting Options

Along with animating your SmartArt, PowerPoint allows you to format the SmartArt in your slide show to change and customize it. You can do this by adding text, choosing from different colors, borders, or types of SmartArt, and adjusting the number of shapes your SmartArt uses.

The following sections will show you how to adjust and personalize SmartArt for your slide show.

topAdjusting the Number of SmartArt Shapes

As you design the slides and graphics for your slide show, information may need to be added to or removed from SmartArt. PowerPoint lets you add or delete the number of shapes your SmartArt contains.

Depending on the graphic, pressing [Enter], [Delete], and [Tab] in the Text pane will affect the shapes in the graphic differently. These keys generally alter the presentation in the following ways:

  1. Select the SmartArt

  2. 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

  3. To add a shape,
    1. In the Text pane, place your cursor in an existing text box
    2. To add a same-level entry (e.g., coworker), press [Enter]
      To add a lower-level entry (e.g., subordinate), press [Enter], then [Tab]
    3. Type the text

  4. To delete a shape,
    1. In the Text pane, select the text of the entry
    2. Press [Delete]

  5. To move a shape,
    1. Delete it from its current position (as detailed in step 2)
    2. Add it in the new position (as detailed in step 1)

topChanging SmartArt Style

Color schemes and borders are automatically applied when you choose the slide design you want. One way to change the color and border of your SmartArt is to choose another slide design. However, SmartArt Styles offers additional options for your SmartArt, which do not alter your slide design.

  1. Select the SmartArt
    The SmartArt Tools contextual tab appears.

  2. Within the SmartArt Tools contextual tab, select the Design tab

  3. In the SmartArt Styles group, click MOREMore button» select the desired style

topChanging the SmartArt Type

If you find that the SmartArt you have chosen does not fit the information you are trying to convey, PowerPoint gives you the option of changing the type of SmartArt without having to re-enter the information. For example, you can change your SmartArt from Target to Pyramid.

  1. Select the SmartArt
    NOTE: Be sure to select the SmartArt canvas, not just one element of the SmartArt.
    The SmartArt Tools contextual tab appears.

  2. Right click the SmartArt » select Change Layout...
    The Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box appears.

  3. From the category list, select All
    From the category list, select a category of SmartArt

  4. From the gallery, select a SmartArt graphic
    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.

  5. Click OK
    Your SmartArt type is changed.

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