Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating diagrams by using SmartArt
In the text pane, located to the left of the SmartArt graphic, you can add text to a shape
without having to click and type within the shape. If you enter the process steps in the
wrong order, you can move a shape by right-clicking the shape you want to move and then
clicking Cut on the shortcut menu that appears. To paste the shape back into the graphic,
right-click the shape to the left of where you want the pasted shape to appear, and then
click Paste. For example, if you have a five-step process and accidentally switch the second
and third steps, you can move the third step to the second position by right-clicking the
third step, clicking Cut, right-clicking the first shape, and then clicking Paste.
If you want to add a shape to a SmartArt graphic, to add a step to a process, for instance,
click a shape next to the position you want the new shape to occupy and then, on the Design
tool tab, in the Create Graphic group, click Add Shape, and then click the option that
represents where you want the new shape to appear in relation to the selected shape.
TIP The options that appear when you click Add Shape depend on the type of SmartArt
graphic you created and which graphic element is selected. For instance, the options for an
organizational chart are Add Shape After, Add Shape Before, Add Shape Above, Add Shape
Below, and Add Assistant.
You can edit the graphic’s elements by using the buttons on the Format tool tab or by
right-clicking the shape and then clicking Format Shape to display the Format Shape pane.
If you have selected the text in a shape, you can use the tools in the Font group on the
Home tab to change the text’s appearance.
TIP You can use the controls in the Format Shape dialog box to change the shape’s fill
color, borders, shadow, three-dimensional appearance, and text box properties.