Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Diagram from Scratch
Changing fonts and font sizes on shapes
To make a diagram shape stand out, try changing the font and font size of
the text on the shape. Before you change fonts and font sizes, however,
you should know that changing fonts in a shape effectively disconnects
the shape from the other shapes in the diagram. Normally text changes
size throughout a diagram when you add or remove shapes, but when you
change the font or font size in one shape, it is no longer associated with the
other shapes; its letters don’t change their size or appearance when shapes
are added or removed from the diagram of which it is a part.
To alter the text on a diagram shape, select the text, go to the Home tab, and
choose a different font, font size, and font color, too, if you want.
Creating a Diagram from Scratch
If you have the skill and the wherewithal, you can create a diagram from
scratch by piecing together shapes, arrows, and connectors. The diagram
in Figure 2-12, for example, was made not from SmartArt graphics but from
shapes, arrows, and connectors. Chapter 4 of this mini-book explains how
to draw shapes and lines between shapes. You can enter text on any shape
merely by clicking inside it and wiggling your fingers over the keyboard.
Figure 2-12:
A
homegrown
diagram
made
without
SmartArt
graphics.
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