SmartArt Graphics

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

Customizing SmartArt

After inserting SmartArt, there are several things you might want to change about its appearance. Whenever you select a SmartArt graphic, the Design and Format tabs will appear on the right side of the Ribbon. From there, it's easy to edit the style and layout of a SmartArt graphic.

To customize SmartArt

To change the SmartArt layout:

If you don't like the way your information is organized within a SmartArt graphic, you can always change its layout to better fit your content.

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic, then select the Design tab.
  2. In the Layouts group, click the More drop-down arrow.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  3. Select the desired layout, or click More Layouts... to see even more SmartArt options.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a SmartArt layout
  4. The selected layout will appear.
    Screenshot of Word 2013The new SmartArt layout

If the new layout is too different from the original, some of your text may not show up. Before deciding on a new layout, check carefully to make sure no important information will be lost.