SmartArt Illustrations

When using SmartArt PowerPoint lets you communicate information with graphics. Use PowerPoint SmartArt to illustrate specific ideas.

Changing the organization of a SmartArt graphic

To add a shape to a graphic:

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Design tab.
  3. Decide where you want the new shape to appear, and select one of the shapes nearby.
  4. Click the drop-down arrow on the Add Shape command in the Graphics group. A menu will appear.
  5. Select Add Shape Before or Add Shape After to add a shape on the same level as the one you selected. To add a shape above or below that one, select Add Shape Above or Add Shape Below.
    Adding a shapeAdding a shape

To move shapes to a higher or lower level:

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Design tab.
  3. Select the shape you want to move.
  4. To move the shape to a higher level, click the Promote command in the Create Graphic group, or click Demote to move it lower.
    Promoting a shapePromoting a shape
  5. The shape will move one level higher or lower.
    The promoted shapeThe promoted shape

You can also demote and promote shapes from within the task pane. With the insertion point in the task pane, press the Tab key to demote a shape. Press the Backspace key (or Shift+Tab) to promote a shape. It's a lot like creating an outline with a multilevel list in Word 2010. For more information, you may want to review our Working with Lists lesson from our Word 2010/ tutorial.

To rearrange shapes on the same level:

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Design tab.
  3. Select the shape you want to move.
  4. In the Create Graphic group, click Move Up or Move Down.
    Moving a shape on the same levelMoving a shape up on the same level
  5. The shape will move one space up or down.
    The moved shapeThe moved shape