Descriptions of SmartArt graphics

List

Layout name

Description

Picture

Basic Block List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes.

Basic Block List layout image

Bending Picture Accent List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The small circular shapes are designed to contain pictures. Works well for illustrating both Level 1 and Level 2 text. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes.

Bending Picture Accent layout image

Continuous Picture List

Use to show groups of interconnected information. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures.

Continuous Picture List layout image

Detailed Process

Use with large amounts of Level 2 text to show a progression through stages.

Detailed Process layout image

Grouped List

Use to show groups and sub-groups of information, or steps and sub-steps in a task, process, or workflow. Level 1 text corresponds to the top-level horizontal shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to vertical sub-steps under each related top-level shape. Works well for emphasizing sub-groups or sub-steps, hierarchical information, or multiple lists of information.

Grouped List layout image

Hierarchy List

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing across groups. Can also be used to group or list information.

Hierarchy List layout image

Horizontal Bullet List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped lists of information. Works well with large amounts of text. All text has the same level of emphasis, and direction is not implied.

Horizontal Bullet List layout image

Horizontal Picture List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped information with an emphasis on related pictures. The top shapes are designed to contain pictures.

Horizontal Picture List layout image

Picture Accent List

Use to show grouped or related information. The small shapes on the upper corners are designed to contain pictures. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text.

Picture Accent List layout image

Picture Caption List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The top shapes are designed to contain pictures and pictures are emphasized over text. Works well for pictures with short text captions.

Picture Caption List layout image

Pyramid List

Use to show proportional, interconnected, or hierarchical relationships. Text appears in the rectangular shapes on top of the pyramid background.

Pyramid List layout image

Segmented Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Emphasizes Level 2 text, since each line appears in a separate shape.

Segmented Process layout image

Stacked List

Use to show groups of information or steps in a task, process, or workflow. Circular shapes contain Level 1 text, and the corresponding rectangles contain Level 2 text. Works well for numerous details and minimal Level 1 text.

Stacked List layout image

Table Hierarchy

Use to show groups of information built from top to bottom, and the hierarchies within each group. This layout does not contain connecting lines.

Table Hierarchy layout image

Table List

Use to show grouped or related information of equal value. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the top shape and its Level 2 text is used for the subsequent lists.

Table List layout image

Target List

Use to show interrelated or overlapping information. Each of the first seven lines of Level 1 text appears in the rectangular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works well with both Level 1 and Level 2 text.

Target List layout image

Trapezoid List

Use to show grouped or related information of equal value. Works well with large amounts of text.

Trapezoid List layout image

Vertical Box List

Use to show several groups of information, especially groups with large amounts of Level 2 text. A good choice for bulleted lists of information.

Vertical Box List layout image

Vertical Block List

Use to show groups of information or steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works well with large amounts of Level 2 text. A good choice for text with a main point and multiple sub-points.

Vertical Block List layout image

Vertical Bullet List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. Works well for lists with long headings or top-level information.

Vertical Bullet List layout image

Vertical Chevron List

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to emphasize movement or direction. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text.

Vertical Chevron List layout image

Vertical Picture Accent List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The small circles are designed to contain pictures.

Vertical Picture Accent List layout image

Vertical Picture List

Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The small shapes on the left are designed to contain pictures.

Vertical Picture List layout image

Vertical Arrow List

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow that move toward a common goal. Works well for bulleted lists of information.

Vertical Arrow List layout image

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Process

Layout name

Description

Picture

Accent Process

Use to show a progression, a timeline, or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works well for illustrating both Level 1 and Level 2 text.

Accent Process layout image

Alternating Flow

Use to show groups of information or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Emphasizes the interaction or relationships among the groups of information.

Alternating Flow layout image

Arrow Ribbon

Use to show either related or contrasting concepts with some connection, such as opposing forces. The first two lines of Level 1 text are used for text in the arrows. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Arrow Ribbon layout image

Basic Bending Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes.

Basic Bending Process layout image

Basic Chevron Process

Use to show a progression; a timeline; sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow; or to emphasize movement or direction. Level 1 text appears inside an arrow shape while Level 2 text appears below the arrow shapes.

Basic Chevron Process layout image

Basic Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow.

Basic Process layout image

Basic Timeline

Use to show sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to show timeline information. Works well with both Level 1 and Level 2 text.

Basic Timeline layout image

Chevron List

Use to show a progression through several processes that make up an overall workflow. Also works for illustrating contrasting processes. The Level 1 text corresponds to the first arrow shape on the left, while the Level 2 text corresponds to horizontal sub-steps for each shape that contains Level 1 text.

Chevron List layout image

Circular Bending Process

Use to show a long or non-linear sequence or steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works best with Level 1 text only. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes.

Circular Bending Process layout image

Closed Chevron Process

Use to show a progression, a timeline, or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to emphasize movement or direction. Can be used to emphasize information in the starting shape. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Closed Chevron Process layout image

Continuous Arrow Process

Use to show a timeline or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works best with Level 1 text because each line of Level 1 text appears inside the arrow shape. Level 2 text appears outside the arrow shape.

Continuous Arrow Process layout image

Continuous Block Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works best with minimal Level 1 and Level 2 text.

Continuous Block Process layout image

Continuous Picture List

Use to show groups of interconnected information. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures.

Continuous Picture List layout image

Converging Arrows

Use to show ideas or concepts that converge to a central point. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Converging Arrows layout image

Detailed Process

Use with large amounts of Level 2 text to show a progression through stages.

Detailed Process layout image

Diverging Arrows

Use to show ideas or concepts that progress outward from a central source. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Diverging Arrows layout image

Equation

Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the equals sign (=).Works best with Level 1 text only.

Equation layout image

Funnel

Use to show the filtering of information or how parts merge into a whole. Emphasizes the final outcome. Can contain up to four lines of Level 1 text; the last of these four Level 1 text lines appears below the funnel and the other lines correspond to a circular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Funnel layout image

Gear

Use to show interlocking ideas. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a gear shape, and their corresponding Level 2 text appears in rectangles next to the gear shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Gear layout image

Opposing Arrows

Use to show two opposing ideas, or ideas that diverge from a central point. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to an arrow. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Opposing Arrows layout image

Picture Accent Process

Use to show sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. The rectangular shapes in the background are designed to contain pictures.

Picture Accent Process layout image

Process Arrows

Use to show information illustrating a process or workflow. Level 1 text appears in the circular shapes and Level 2 text appears in the arrow shapes. Works best for minimal text and to emphasize movement or direction.

Process Arrows layout image

Process List

Use to show multiple groups of information or steps and sub-steps in a task, process, or workflow. Level 1 text corresponds to the top horizontal shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to vertical sub-steps under each related top-level shape.

Process List layout image

Repeating Bending Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes.

Repeating Bending Process layout image

Segmented Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Emphasizes Level 2 text, since each line appears in a separate shape.

Segmented Process layout image

Staggered Process

Use to show a downward progression through stages. Each of the first five lines of Level 1 text corresponds with a rectangle. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Staggered Process layout image

Upward Arrow

Use to show a progression or steps that trend upward in a task, process, or workflow. Each of the first five lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a point on the arrow. Works best with minimal text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Upward Arrow layout image

Vertical Arrow List

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow that move toward a common goal. Works well for bulleted lists of information.

Vertical Arrow List layout image

Vertical Bending Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Places more emphasis on the interrelationships among the shapes than on direction or movement.

Vertical Bending Process layout image

Vertical Chevron List

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to emphasize movement or direction. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text.

Vertical Chevron List layout image

Vertical Equation

Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the arrow. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Vertical Equation layout image

Vertical Process

Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow from top to bottom. Works best with Level 1 text, since the vertical space is limited.

Vertical Process layout image

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Cycle

La yout name

Description

Picture

Basic Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the stages or steps rather than the connecting arrows or flow. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Basic Cycle layout image

Basic Pie

Use to show how individual parts form a whole. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond to the evenly distributed wedge or pie shapes. The top Level 1 text shape appears outside of the rest of the pie for emphasis. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Pie layout image

Basic Radial

Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Radial layout image

Block Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the stages or steps rather than the connecting arrows or flow.

Block Cycle layout image

Continuous Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the connection between all components. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Continuous Cycle layout image

Cycle Matrix

Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cyclical progression. Each of the first four lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a wedge or pie shape, and Level 2 text appears in a rectangular shape to the side of the wedge or pie shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Cycle Matrix layout image

Diverging Radial

Use to show relationships to a central idea in a cycle. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circular shape. Emphasizes the surrounding circles rather than the central idea. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Diverging Radial layout image

Gear

Use to show interlocking ideas. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a gear shape, and their corresponding Level 2 text appears in rectangles next to the gear shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Gear layout image

Multidirectional Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events that can occur in any direction.

Multidirectional Cycle layout image

Nondirectional Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Each shape has the same level of importance. Works well when direction does not need to be indicated.

Nondirectional Cycle layout image

Radial Cycle

Use to show the relationship to a central idea. Emphasizes both information in the center circle and how information in the outer ring of circles contributes to the central idea. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circle, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the outer ring of circles. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Radial Cycle layout image

Radial Venn

Use to show both overlapping relationships and the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape and the lines of Level 2 text correspond to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Radial Venn layout image

Segmented Cycle

Use to show a progression or a sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the interconnected pieces. Each of the first seven lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a wedge or pie shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Segmented Cycle layout image

Text Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the arrows or flow rather than the stages or steps. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Text Cycle layout image

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Hierarchy

Layout name

Description

Picture

Hierarchy

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing from top to bottom.

Hierarchy layout image

Hierarchy List

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing across groups. Can also be used to group or list information.

Hierarchy List layout image

Horizontal Hierarchy

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing horizontally. Works well for decision trees.

Horizontal Hierarchy layout image

Horizontal Labeled Hierarchy

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing horizontally and grouped hierarchically. Emphasizes heading or level 1 text. The first line of Level 1 text appears in the shape at the beginning of the hierarchy, and the second and all subsequent lines of Level 1 text appear at the top of the tall rectangles.

Horizontal Labeled Hierarchy layout image

Labeled Hierarchy

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing from top to bottom and grouped hierarchically. Emphasizes heading or level 1 text. The first line of Level 1 text appears in the shape at the beginning of the hierarchy, and all subsequent lines of Level 1 text appear to the left of the tall rectangles.

Labeled Hierarchy layout image

Organization Chart

Use to show hierarchical information or reporting relationships in an organization. The assistant shape and the Org Chart hanging layouts are available with this layout.

Organization Chart layout image

Table Hierarchy

Use to show groups of information built from top to bottom, and the hierarchies within each group. This layout does not contain connecting lines.

Table Hierarchy layout image

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Relationship

Layout name

Description

Picture

Arrow Ribbon

Use to show either related or contrasting concepts with some connection, such as opposing forces. The first two lines of Level 1 text are used for text in the arrows. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Arrow Ribbon layout image

Balance

Use to compare or show the relationship between two ideas. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to text at the top of one side of the center point. Emphasizes Level 2 text, which is limited to four shapes on each side of the center point. The balance tips towards the side with the most shapes containing Level 2 text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Balance layout image

Basic Pie

Use to show how individual parts form a whole. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond to the evenly distributed wedge or pie shapes. The top Level 1 text shape appears outside of the rest of the pie for emphasis. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Pie layout image

Basic Radial

Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Radial layout image

Basic Target

Use to show containment, gradations, or hierarchical relationships. The first five lines of Level 1 text are associated with a circle. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Target layout image

Basic Venn

Use to show overlapping or interconnected relationships. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond with a circle. If there are four or fewer lines of Level 1 text, the text is inside the circles. If there are more than four lines of Level 1 text, the text is outside of the circles. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Venn layout image

Continuous Picture List

Use to show groups of interconnected information. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures.

Continuous Picture List layout image

Converging Arrows

Use to show ideas or concepts that converge to a central point. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Converging Arrows layout image

Converging Radial

Use to show relationships of concepts or components to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central circular shape and the lines of Level 2 text correspond to the surrounding rectangular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Converging Radial layout image

Counterbalance Arrows

Use to show two opposing ideas or concepts. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to an arrow and works well with Level 2 text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Counterbalance Arrows layout image

Cycle Matrix

Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cyclical progression. Each of the first four lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a wedge or pie shape, and Level 2 text appears in a rectangular shape to the side of the wedge or pie shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Cycle Matrix layout image

Diverging Arrows

Use to show ideas or concepts that progress outward from a central source. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Diverging Arrows layout image

Diverging Radial

Use to show relationships to a central idea in a cycle. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circular shape. Emphasizes the surrounding circles rather than the central idea. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Diverging Radial layout image

Equation

Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the equals sign (=).Works best with Level 1 text only.

Equation layout image

Funnel

Use to show the filtering of information or how parts merge into a whole. Emphasizes the final outcome. Can contain up to four lines of Level 1 text; the last of these four Level 1 text lines appears below the funnel and the other lines correspond to a circular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Funnel layout image

Gear

Use to show interlocking ideas. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a gear shape, and their corresponding Level 2 text appears in rectangles next to the gear shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Gear layout image

Grouped List

Use to show groups and sub-groups of information, or steps and sub-steps in a task, process, or workflow. Level 1 text corresponds to the top-level horizontal shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to vertical sub-steps under each related top-level shape. Works well for emphasizing sub-groups or sub-steps, hierarchical information, or multiple lists of information.

Grouped List layout image

Hierarchy List

Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing across groups. Can also be used to group or list information.

Hierarchy List layout image

Linear Venn

Use to show overlapping relationships in a sequence. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Linear Venn layout image

Nested Target

Use to show containment relationships. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text correspond to the upper left text in the shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to the smaller shapes. Works best with minimal Level 2 lines of text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Nested Target layout image

Nondirectional Cycle

Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Each shape has the same level of importance. Works well when direction does not need to be indicated.

Nondirectional Cycle layout image

Opposing Arrows

Use to show two opposing ideas, or ideas that diverge from a central point. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to an arrow. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Opposing Arrows layout image

Picture Accent List

Use to show grouped or related information. The small shapes on the upper corners are designed to contain pictures. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text.

Picture Accent List layout image

Radial Cycle

Use to show the relationship to a central idea. Emphasizes both information in the center circle and how information in the outer ring of circles contributes to the central idea. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circle, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the outer ring of circles. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Radial Cycle layout image

Radial List

Use to show relationships to a central idea in a cycle. The center shape can contain a picture. Level 1 text appears in the smaller circles and any related Level 2 text appears to the side of the smaller circles.

Radial List layout image

Radial Venn

Use to show both overlapping relationships and the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape and the lines of Level 2 text correspond to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Radial Venn layout image

Segmented Pyramid

Use to show containment, proportional, or interconnected relationships. The first nine lines of Level 1 text appear in the triangular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Segmented Pyramid layout image

Stacked Venn

Use to show overlapping relationships. A good choice for emphasizing growth or gradation. Works best with Level 1 text only. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond to a circular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Stacked Venn layout image

Table Hierarchy

Use to show groups of information built from top to bottom, and the hierarchies within each group. This layout does not contain connecting lines.

Table Hierarchy layout image

Target List

Use to show interrelated or overlapping information. Each of the first seven lines of Level 1 text appears in the rectangular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works well with both Level 1 and Level 2 text.

Target List layout image

Vertical Equation

Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the arrow. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Vertical Equation layout image

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Matrix

Layout name

Description

Picture

Basic Matrix

Use to show the relationship of components to a whole in quadrants. The first four lines of Level 1 text appear in the quadrants. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Basic Matrix layout image

Grid Matrix

Use to show the placement of concepts along two axes. Emphasizes the individual components rather than the whole. The first four lines of Level 1 text appear in the quadrants. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Grid Matrix layout image

Titled Matrix

Use to show the relationships of four quadrants to a whole. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape, and the first four lines of Level 2 text appear in the quadrants. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts.

Titled Matrix layout image

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Pyramid

Layout name

Description

Picture

Basic Pyramid

Use to show proportional, interconnected, or hierarchical relationships with the largest component on the bottom and narrowing up. Level 1 text appears in the pyramid segments and Level 2 text appears in shapes alongside each segment.

Basic Pyramid layout image

Inverted Pyramid

Use to show proportional, or interconnected, or hierarchical relationships with the largest component on the top and narrowing down. Level 1 text appears in the pyramid segments and Level 2 text appears in shapes alongside each segment.

Inverted Pyramid layout image

Pyramid List

Use to show proportional, interconnected, or hierarchical relationships. Text appears in the rectangular shapes on top of the pyramid background.

Pyramid List layout image

Segmented Pyramid

Use to show containment, proportional, or interconnected relationships. The first nine lines of Level 1 text appear in the triangular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works best with Level 1 text only.

Segmented Pyramid layout image

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Applies To: Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007



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