Get visual with SmartArt graphics

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Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 introduces SmartArt graphics for illustrating your slide content. Take a simple list and make it more dynamic as a graphic that uses shapes and color. Show processes, concepts, hierarchies, and relationships visually.

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About the course

This course includes:

  • Two practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require PowerPoint 2007.

  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Use SmartArt graphics effectively with your content.

  • Create SmartArt graphics based on existing text or from scratch.

  • Edit the look and layout of SmartArt graphics to fit your content.

  • Update diagrams created in previous versions of PowerPoint so they look consistent with your PowerPoint 2007 SmartArt graphics.

Before you begin

Note    SmartArt graphics are available in PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2007, and Microsoft Office Excel 2007. In PowerPoint 2007, there are some features that aren't available in the other programs.

Topics in this course

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

  1. Be smart in choosing graphics

  2. Types of SmartArt graphics

  3. List-type graphics

  4. Lists with pictures

  5. Process-type graphics

  6. Processes with numbered steps

  7. Continuing sequences

  8. Hierarchy: An org chart

  9. Hierarchy: Family of products

  10. Relationships: Radial and Venn

  11. Matrix

  12. Pyramid

  1. How to create SmartArt graphics

  2. Convert a list to a graphic

  3. Start with a blank graphic: Method 1

  4. Start with a blank graphic: Method 2

  5. Add text to the graphic

  6. How text maps to shapes

  7. Manipulating text and shapes

  8. Try a different layout

  9. Practice

Lesson 3

  1. Style, polish, and update graphics

  2. Presentation theme: Basis for how slides look

  3. SmartArt styles: Example 1

  4. SmartArt styles: Example 2

  5. Change the style's colors

  6. Do more with shapes

  7. Do more with text

  8. Update an old diagram

  9. Practice

  10. Quick reference card

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