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How many times have you sat in meetings looking at a series of boring bulleted slides like the one below? After a while they all start to look the same. Isn’t there a way to make your bulleted slides more interesting, so that they help hold people’s interest for a little longer? Absolutely! In PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 there is a feature called SmartArt. It helps jazz up your PowerPoint presentation and can actually convey more information than you can get from a simple bulleted list.

For example, take this slide:

Not only is it pretty dull, it also doesn’t show the relationship between the bullets:
Service + Commitment + Guarantee = Client Satisfaction.

With PowerPoint’s SmartArt, we can quickly and easily jazz this slide up and give it more meaning.

  1. You have a couple options for adding SmartArt:
    • From the slide itself, click on the Insert SmartArt Graphic icon:
    • From the Insert ribbon, click the SmartArt icon.
  2. The Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog will appear. Select the category from the left and then the graphic you want to use. In our case, we’ll select the Converging Radial graphic from the Relationship category:
  3. The SmartArt will appear. You can then click the box with the two triangles on the left to get an easy text-entry form:
  4. Enter your text and it will show up in the SmartArt graphic:
  5. Then you can make it more colorful using the SmartArt Tools options on the ribbon:

With some relatively simple work, you can turn the original boring list into something like this:

Better? I think so!

Go ahead. Open up PowerPoint 2010 (or 2007 if you haven’t yet upgraded) and start playing with SmartArt. You’ll have fun.

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4 Responses to “SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010”

  1. Hello Nance,

    Thanks for this great demonstration on using SmartArt to spice up a PowerPoint presentation! There is a world of difference between your first slide and your last one. For more on creating a SmartArt graphic, visit http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/powerpoint-help/create-a-smartart-graphic-HA010354861.aspx?CTT=1

    And, for additional tips and tricks in Office 2010 (and your chance to win a free copy of Office 2010 with this month’s Win2010 Contest), join the community on the Office Page on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/office.

    Cheers,
    Cassandra
    Microsoft Office Outreach

  2. SmartArt is a great improvement from previous versions I especially like the way you can live preview the different diagram options using the same data

  3. Wow this is great! thanks whoever did this!!

  4. Wow! thanks this really helped! because my computer tech class sucks!!

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