PowerPoint 2010: Convert Main Content Text Box into SmartArt Graphic

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Wondering what are SmartArt Graphics and how to use them in your presentation? As the name suggests, it’s a small graphic that help you better communicate with your audience.    It lets you present your core presentation idea/concept in a miniscule, easy-to-understand graphic, allowing you to visually communicate important data or information.  Most avid PowerPoint users use it as a summary tool, as it enables you to quickly link your presentation slides with SmartArt Graphics. Clicking the smart art graphic lets you quickly navigate through the slide content, or open specified, linked pages. Apart from manually creating SmartArt Graphic from Insert tab, you can convert your slide content into SmartArt Graphic in order to create a visual summary of your presentation. In this post we will explain how you can summarize the presentation using SmartArt Graphics.

For illustration purpose, we have created a presentation on new features of Office 2010. To begin, select the text box where you’ve added the slide content, and navigate to the Home tab, from Paragraph group, click Convert to SmartArt and then pick your favorite graphic from the list.

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This will instantly change the text into the SmartArt graphic diagram.

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You can also quickly switch between different SmartArt Graphic designs to pick the one that best suits your content. Clicking More SmartArt Graphics opens a SmartArt Grpahic library, from where you can choose different types of SmartArt Graphics including Process, Hierarchy, Cycle, Relationship, Matrix, Pyramid and more. You can also choose to view all the available SmartArt Graphics by clicking All category.

You can also check out our detailed guide on how to create visual summary slide in PowerPoint 2010 using SmartArt Grpahics feature.

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