Talents Tips – Create a SmartArt graphic

By Peter Talent

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A SmartArt graphic is a visual representation of your information that you can quickly and easily create, choosing from among many different layouts, to effectively communicate your message or ideas. You can create SmartArt graphics in

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You can create a SmartArt graphic in Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Although you cannot create in most other Office 2010 programs, (e.g. Access, Project) you can copy and paste SmartArt graphics as images into those programs.

Some layouts for SmartArt graphics contain a fixed number of shapes. For example, the Opposing Arrows layout in the Relationship type is designed to show two opposing ideas or concepts. Only two shapes can correspond to text, and the layout cannot be changed to display more ideas or concepts.

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Create a SmartArt graphic and add text to it

On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.

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An example of the Illustration group on the Insert tab, in PowerPoint 2010

  1. In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box, click the type and layout that you want.
  2. Enter your text by doing one of the following:

v Click [Text] in the Text pane, and then type your text.

v Copy text from another location or program, click [Text] in the Text pane, and then paste your text.

Notes

  • If the Text pane is not visible, click the control.
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  • To add text in an arbitrary position close to or on top of your SmartArt graphic, on the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Text Box to insert a text box. If you want only the text in your text box to appear, right-click your text box, click Format Shape or Format Text Box, and then set the text box to have no background colour and no border.
  • Click in a box in the SmartArt graphic, and then type your text. For best results, use this option after you add all of the boxes that you want.

An Example of SmartArt

Law acts through the ages

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