Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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3.4 Insert and format SmartArt
SmartArt graphic layouts are available from the Choose A SmartArt Graphic dialog box.
The categories are not mutually exclusive, meaning that some layouts appear in more
than one category. PowerPoint 2013 includes some new built-in SmartArt templates, and
an internal connection to additional templates on the Office website.
After you choose a layout, PowerPoint inserts the basic diagram into the slide and
displays the associated list format in the Text pane, into which you can enter information.
(If the Text pane doesn’t open automatically, you can display it by clicking the button on
the left edge of the diagram.) You can enter more or less information than is depicted
by the original diagram; most diagrams support a range of entries (although a few are
formatted to support only a specific number of entries). You can insert and modify text
either directly in the diagram shapes or in the associated Text pane. The selected layout
determines whether the text appears in or adjacent to its shapes.
Tip You change the size, shape, and location of a SmartArt graphic by using the same
techniques you use with other graphic elements.
After you create a diagram and add the text you want to display in it, you might find
that the diagram layout you originally selected doesn’t precisely meet your needs. You
can easily change to a different diagram layout without losing any of the information
you entered in the diagram. If a particular layout doesn’t support the amount or level
of information that is associated with the diagram, the extra text will be hidden but not
deleted, and will be available when you choose another layout that supports it.