Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Editing the SmartArt Text
Flowcharts, anyone?
One type of diagram that people often want to
create with PowerPoint is a flowchart. Although
SmartArt doesn’t have an option for creating
flowcharts, you can easily create flowcharts by
using PowerPoint’s AutoShapes. For example,
take a look at the following flowchart, which I
created with just a few minutes’ work.
To create a flowchart like this, follow these
basic steps:
1. Draw each flowchart shape by using basic
shape objects as described in Chapter 12.
the flowchart, and use arrows to connect
the shapes.
2. Enter text into each flowchart shape by
clicking the shape and typing.
If necessary, adjust the text font and size.
3. Adjust the alignment of your shapes.
Here’s where the flowcharting AutoShapes
really shine: The connectors stay attached
to the shapes even when you move the
shapes around! Pretty slick, eh?
Use the shapes in the Flowchart section of
the Shapes gallery to create the shapes for
Editing the SmartArt Text
When you create a SmartArt diagram from an existing bullet list, the bullet
text is replaced by the diagram. After you’ve converted the text to SmartArt,
what do you do if you need to modify the text?
To modify SmartArt text, simply select the SmartArt diagram. Then click the
little double-arrow icon that appears on the left edge of the diagram’s
selection box. This action reveals a fly-out window called the Text pane, in which
you can edit the bullet points. See Figure 14-7.
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