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Chapter 10: Creating SmartArt Graphics
Creating SmartArt Graphics
IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding SmartArt types and their uses
Inserting a SmartArt graphic
Editing SmartArt text
Modifying SmartArt structure
Modifying an organization chart structure
Resizing a SmartArt graphic
Manually restructuring a SmartArt graphic
Formatting a SmartArt graphic
Just as charts and graphs can enliven a boring table of numbers, a SmartArt graphic can enliven
a conceptual discussion. SmartArt helps the audience understand the interdependencies of
objects or processes in a visual way, so they don’t have to juggle that information mentally as
you speak. Some potential uses include organizational charts, hierarchy diagrams, and ﬂ ow charts.
Understanding SmartArt Types and Their Uses
SmartArt is a special class of vector graphic object that combines shapes, lines, and text placehold-
ers. SmartArt is most often used to illustrate relationships between bits of text.
The SmartArt interface is similar regardless of the type of graphic you are creating. You can type
directly into the placeholders on the SmartArt graphic, or you can display a Text pane to the side
of the graphic and type into that, much as you would type into an Outline pane, to have text
appear in a slide’s text placeholder boxes. See Figure 10.1. You can also select some text, right-click
it, and choose Convert to SmartArt.
There are eight types of SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013, and each is uniquely suited for a
certain type of data delivery.