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 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. From the Design tab, click the More drop-down arrow in the Layouts group.
    clicking the More drop-down arrow
  2. Choose the desired layout, or click More Layouts to see even more options.
    choosing a different SmartArt layout
  3. The selected layout will appear.
    the new SmartArt layout

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