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Laying Out the Diagram Shapes
Laying Out the Diagram Shapes
At the heart of every diagram are the rectangles, circles, arrows, and
whatnots that make the diagram what it is. These shapes illustrate the concept
or idea you want to express to your audience. Your biggest challenge when
creating a diagram is laying out the diagram shapes.
The following pages explain how to select diagram shapes, add shapes,
reposition shapes, and remove shapes from diagrams. They also offer
instructions specific to working with hierarchy diagrams.
Selecting a diagram shape
Before you can remove a shape from a diagram or indicate where you want
to add a new shape, you have to select a diagram shape. To select a diagram
shape, move the pointer over its perimeter and click when you see the
fourheaded arrow underneath your pointer.
You can tell when a diagram shape is selected because a solid line, not a dotted
line, appears around the shape, as shown in Figure 2-2. When you see dotted
lines around a shape, you’re expected to enter text.
Figure 2-2:
A selected
diagram
shape is
surrounded
by solid
lines.
Removing a shape from a diagram
Removing a shape from a diagram is as easy as falling off a turnip truck as
long as you correctly select the shape before you remove it. To remove a
shape, select it and press Delete. Other shapes grow larger when you remove
a shape, in keeping with the “fill out the diagram by any means necessary”
philosophy.
Moving diagram shapes to different positions
If a shape in a diagram isn’t in the right position, don’t fret because you can
change the order of shapes very easily by going to the (SmartArt Tools)
Design tab and clicking the Move Up or Move Down button.
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