PowerPoint 2010: SmartArt Graphics

PowerPoint 2010: SmartArt Graphics


In PowerPoint 2010, SmartArt gives you the
chance to communicate with your audience using visuals instead of text, which can help you
add more color, shape, and interest to parts of your presentation. I’d like to create a graphic that zeroes in
on the Sales Team at my company to explain their chain of command. While you can right-click
inside any text box to convert the contents to SmartArt… I want a little more flexibility,
so I’m going start from scratch by selecting a blank slide, and then going to the Insert
tab. If you click the SmartArt command, a list of categories will appear… along with
the graphics you have to choose from… and a preview. The type of SmartArt I’m looking
for should be under Hierarchy. Let’s try this one. Now, with the graphic selected, click the
small arrow on the left to open up what we call the task pane. All you have to do here
is start entering your text, and it appears in the SmartArt, re-sized so it fits the shape
perfectly. You can also type into the shapes themselves
– which is fine for a simple graphic like this, but for something more complex, I do
find it easier to stick to the task pane. Now I’d like to point out the Format and Design
tabs that appear whenever you have your SmartArt selected. From here, an easy way to add more
shapes to your SmartArt is to select a shape near the location you have in mind, then click
the arrow next to Add Shape. You can add one After or Before your selected shape (which
will place them on the same level, right next to each other); or add one Above or Below. On second thought, I should have placed this
one level higher, right under the Sales Chief. That’s okay – you can change the level of
any shape using Demote to move it down… or Promote to move it up. That’s perfect. You can also manipulate these shapes from
within the task pane – I’ll use the same one to demonstrate. Press the Tab key to demote,
then Backspace to promote it again. Think of it as creating an outline with a multilevel,
bulleted list. You can even add bullets to the list by pressing Enter. Now I’m going to go ahead and delete the shapes
I’m not using by selecting both of these bullets, then pressing Backspace or Delete on my keyboard. Now my SmartArt is almost done – it’s just
a little bland. The next thing I’d like to show you is how to change the look of your
graphic using SmartArt Styles. Click the drop-down arrow here to see the full list of Styles,
and, as always, mouse over for a live preview. I like this one. I recommend taking a look at colors, too.
These come from whatever theme you’re using, so they will vary depending on your theme
or color palette. And it’s never too late to change your layout. Your choices can be
found in the Layouts group. I’d like to try something a little more out of the box. Okay,
how about this? And if you want to change the appearance of
individual shapes, all you have to do is select one or more, switch to the Format tab, and
take advantage of any of the options here. For example, I’d like to change the color
of the text in these shapes to really make them stand out. SmartArt is a great way to
incorporate more visuals, and present something to your audience that’s eye-catching and easy
for them to understand.

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    Honey Couple

    This video includes information on:

    • Adding text to a SmartArt graphic

    • Converting existing text to SmartArt

    • Changing the organization of a SmartArt graphic

    • Modifying the SmartArt graphic's appearance
    I learned all. Thanks so much

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