SmartArt Illustrations

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

Modifying the SmartArt graphic's appearance

To change the SmartArt layout:

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs will appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Click the Design tab.
  3. In the Layouts group, click the More drop-down arrow to view all of the layouts.
    Changing the layoutViewing the SmartArt layouts
  4. Hover the mouse over each layout to see a live preview.
    Hovering to preview the new layoutSelecting a new layout
  5. Select the desired layout.

If the new layout is different from the old one, some of your text may not show up. Before selecting a new layout, check carefully to make sure no important information gets lost.

To change the SmartArt style:

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs will appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Click the Design tab.
  3. In the SmartArt Styles group, click the More drop-down arrow to view all of the styles.
    Viewing the SmartArt StylesViewing the SmartArt styles
  4. Hover the mouse over each style to see a live preview.
    Selecting a SmartArt StyleSelecting a SmartArt style
  5. Select the desired style.

To change the color scheme:

PowerPoint provides a variety of color schemes to use with SmartArt. The color schemes use theme colors, so they will vary depending on the theme you're using.

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs will appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Design tab.
  3. Click the Change Colors command. A drop-down menu appears, showing various color schemes.
  4. Select the desired color scheme.
    Selecting a new color schemeSelecting a new color scheme

If you want to change the appearance of a single shape within the SmartArt graphic, select the shape and click the Format tab. You can then modify the shape style, color, effects, and other settings for that shape.