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PowerPoint includes a nifty feature called SmartArt, which lets you add several different types of useful diagrams to your slides. With SmartArt, you can create List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy, Relationship, Matrix, and Pyramid diagrams.

The idea behind SmartArt diagrams is to represent bullet lists as a diagram of interconnected shapes. Although many different types of SmartArt diagrams are available, they all work the same way. The only real difference among the various SmartArt diagram types is how they graphically represent the bullets. For example, consider the following bullet list:

  • Arrive

  • Work

  • Lunch

  • More work

  • Leave

To create a SmartArt diagram like the following one, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text, right-click, and choose Convert to SmartArt.


    When you create a PowerPoint SmartArt diagram from an existing bullet list, PowerPoint replaces the bulleted list with a diagram.

  2. Select the diagram and click the double-arrow icon that appears on the left edge of the diagram’s selection box.

    This reveals a fly-out window called the Text pane, in which you can edit the bullet points.

    Edit SmartArt in the Text pane.
    Edit SmartArt in the Text pane.
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