How to Modify a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint - dummies

How to Modify a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint

By Faithe Wempen

After creating a SmartArt graphic in your PowerPoint presentation, you may want to modify it. Modifications can include changing the graphic type or layout, adding or removing shapes, and changing the order in which shapes appear.

  1. On slide 1, click the frame of the SmartArt graphic to select the entire graphic.

  2. Click the SmartArt Tools Design tab and then click the More button in the Layouts group.

  3. Click the More Layouts button.

    The Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box opens.

  4. Click the Process category.

  5. Click the Continuous Block Process layout, as shown in this figure.

    It’s the first layout in the third row.

    Not all graphics make sense when you change to a different graphic type. In this example, the text still works logically, but whenever you convert SmartArt to a different graphic type, be aware of the meaning of the data. For example, a pyramid or hierarchy chart wouldn’t work very well for a step-by-step process.


  6. Click OK.

    The new graphic type is applied.

  7. On the SmartArt Tools Design tab, click the Right to Left button.

    The graphic switches direction.

  8. Click the Right to Left button again.

    It changes back to its original direction.

  9. Click the Text Pane button if the text pane does not already appear.

    A text pane appears to the left of the graphic, as shown.


  10. In the text pane, change the word Production to Manufacturing.

  11. Click the Close (X) button on the text pane to close it.

  12. On the graphic, click the Quality Inspection shape and press the Delete key to remove it.

  13. Save the presentation.