Restore the default layout and color of your SmartArt graphic

If you customize multiple shapes in a single SmartArt graphic, you can quickly undo most of your customizations in one simple operation by restoring the default layout and colors of the whole SmartArt graphic.

This article discusses restoring a SmartArt graphic to its default layout and color. If you want to change the default view, font, or file format in Microsoft Office 2007 programs, see Change the default view, Change the default font for email messages, or Change the default file format for saving workbooks.

Restore defaults

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic to select it.

  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the Reset group, click Reset Graphic.

    SmartArt Tools - Reset

    If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected a SmartArt graphic.


  • To restore defaults for only one shape, right-click the shape that you want to remove customizations from, and then click Reset Shape on the shortcut menu.

  • When you restore defaults, not all of your customizations are removed. The table below identifies which customizations are removed and which are not.

Customizations not removed

Customizations removed

Text and any formatting changes made to it

Changes in shape geometry (such as changing a circle into a square)

Layouts for SmartArt graphics

Line and Fill styles (including fill color, gradient fills, line types and colors)

Organization chart layouts

Effects (such as shadows, reflections, bevels, and glows)

Background color applied to the entire SmartArt graphic

Styles (both those applied to individual shapes and those applied to the entire SmartArt graphic)

Right-to-left directional changes applied to the entire SmartArt graphic

Resized shapes (shapes are returned to their original sizes)

Moved shapes (shapes are returned to their original positions)

Rotated shapes (shapes are returned to their original positions)

Flipped shapes (shapes are returned to their original positions)

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