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Make PowerPoint Presentations Rock with SmartArt

Looking for a way to make your PowerPoint presentations even less boring during meetings? Using the SmartArt feature can make them more visually interesting. There’s a few different methods for creating your graphics. We’ll take a look at each and every one of them separately.

Note: For more on how to make your PowerPoint presentations more interesting, check out our guide on PowerPoint Transitions and Animations.

What is This Feature?

A SmartArt graphic is a visual representation of your information that you can quickly and easily create, choosing from among many different layouts, to effectively communicate your message or ideas. It is available in Microsoft Office 2007 or its newer versions.

From scratch using the Insert tab

On any presentation slide, click Insert > SmartArt to show the Graphic window.

Insert SmartArt PowerPoint

By default, the window will show you all of the available graphics you can choose from.

smartart smart art powerpoint power point 2013 windows customize types chose choice multiple

For this step, I’ll try out the Detailed Process graphic.

smartart smart art powerpoint power point 2013 option choice detailed process smart art

After pressing OK, your graphic art will be inserted. A small pane to its side will allow you to enter the desired text.

smartart smart art powerpoint power point 2013 inserted slide ready for editing edit

Here’s a quick example I made for the purpose of this tutorial.

smartart smart art powerpoint power point 2013 button option feature

From a bullet List

If you have a pre-made bullet list which you would like to convert, PowerPoint makes it all very easy. Here’s the list I’ll be using.

smartart smart art powerpoint power point 2013 button bulleted list slide premade ready convert to smartart

Start off by clicking inside of your list to have it selected.

smartart smart art powerpoint power point 2013 button bulleted list slide premade ready convert to smartart select

This will bring you to the Format tab, from here select Convert to SmartArt.

smart art convert to smartart bulleted list bullet powerpoint power point convert 2013 feature button format options

Hovering over the presented options will show you a live preview of how it will look.

hover over options live preview powerpoint 2013 smart art feature preview styles

hover over options live preview powerpoint 2013 smart art feature preview styles

You can also click on the More SmartArt Graphics option at the bottom of the menu.

office 2013 more smartart options convert bulleted text feature button 2013

That will open the window with all available options.

powerpoint smart art smartart graphic create choice presets choose graphic

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