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SmartArt: Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010

Apple Mac OS:

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2011

Delete Shapes in SmartArt


SmartArt: Adding New Shapes to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint

Once you insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), you may want to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, you can make these additions and later edit them too. You can add more shapes to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself or through the Text Pane. Note that adding a new shape to a SmartArt graphic entirely depends on the SmartArt variant that you are using; some variants offer more options than the others.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2013

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2010

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2007

Apple Mac OS:

Adding New Shapes to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2011

Add Shapes to SmartArt


SmartArt: Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint

One of PowerPoint’s amazing options is the feature that lets you convert your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times, though, you might want to do the reverse; that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2016. Do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint


SmartArt: Picture Layouts in PowerPoint

Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt. This is the Picture Layout option that similarly converts selected pictures into SmartArt.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows

Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Change Picture Layout in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Change Picture Layout in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

SmartArt Picture Layouts


SmartArt: Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt

Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can enhance the look of some bulleted slides by converting them to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint, as explained in the following tutorials. Select the tutorial of your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows:

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt


SmartArt: Insert

SmartArt in PowerPoint allows you to replace the bullet points with info-graphic content using shapes (and also pictures) that contain text. This approach is very helpful to the audience as well as the presenter since it complements the way we view and present the content. In the following tutorials you’ll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint. Select a tutorial based on the PowerPoint version you use:

Microsoft Windows

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Apple Mac

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011

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SmartArt

SmartArt is the name of a diagramming component in Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. SmartArt was first introduced in Office 2007 for Windows, and has since then been an integral part of all Microsoft Office releases, on both Windows and Mac.

SmartArt allows you to replace boring bullet points with info-graphic content using text-within-shapes that’s more logical to view and present.

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