Why Use SmartArt in PowerPoint?
These days presenters have to go the extra mile when they create a digital presentation to accompany their talk. By that I mean that slide shows of old contained mostly facts, usually in bullet form, and today the audience wants more than just lists of items. So, what does a presenter do? He gives them a graphic representation of those old bullet points. This is done using SmartArt, which is the new name for all the diagrams that you can create in PowerPoint.
Two Methods to Insert SmartArt
- Click the Insert SmartArt Graphic button on a blank slide.
- On the Insert tab of the ribbon, click on the SmartArt button.
Tip - If you want to recycle an old presentation, it's good to know that any text placeholder containing bullet points can easily be converted to SmartArt in a flash. Simply right click on the text placeholder and choose Convert to SmartArt from the shortcut menu.
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