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Chapter 14: Working with SmartArt
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Working with SmartArt
In This Chapter
Looking at the SmartArt feature
Creating diagrams using SmartArt
Creating organization charts
Y ou’ll hear nothing but yawns from the back row if your presentation
consists of slide after slide of text and bulleted lists with an occasional
bit of clip art thrown in for good measure. Mercifully, PowerPoint is well
equipped to add all sorts of embellishments to your slides. This chapter shows
you how to work with one of the coolest ways to embellish your slides —
adding special diagrams called SmartArt.
Understanding SmartArt
PowerPoint includes a nifty little feature called
SmartArt, which lets you add several different types
of useful diagrams to your slides. With SmartArt,
you can create List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy,
Relationship, Matrix, Pyramid, and Picture diagrams.
And each of these basic diagram types has multiple
variations. In all, you can choose from 185 variations.
The diagrams created by SmartArt consist of
multiple elements, such as shapes and lines. SmartArt
itself takes care of drawing these elements in a
coordinated fashion, so you don’t have to draw the separate
elements manually.
The basic idea behind SmartArt diagrams is to represent bullet
lists as a diagram of interconnected shapes. Although many different types
of SmartArt diagrams are available, they all work the same way. The only real
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