SmartArt Graphics

Using SmartArt in Word documents lets you communicate with graphics in Word documents instead of only using text.

Modifying the SmartArt graphic's appearance

To change the SmartArt style:

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs 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 Styles Viewing the SmartArt Styles
  4. Hover your mouse over each style to see a live preview.
    Selecting a SmartArt Style Selecting a SmartArt Style
  5. Select the desired style.

To change color scheme:

Word provides a variety of color schemes to use with SmartArt. The color schemes use theme colors, so they will vary depending on which theme you are using.

  1. Select the graphic. The Design and Format tabs 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 scheme Selecting a new color scheme

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