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Use SmartArt Graphics to Replace Bulleted Text
Change bulleted text to SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2007

Change bulleted text to SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2007

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Use SmartArt Graphics to Replace Bulleted Text

Everyone knows that bulleted text on a slide is a recipe for boredom, but sometimes it’s hard to get away from text. You should use as little as possible, and be sure not to use your slides as a teleprompter. Use notes instead, if necessary. Audiences truly hate it when presenters read their slides.

Earlier versions of PowerPoint had a diagram feature, but your options were very limited. PowerPoint 2007 offers a tool to automatically turn bulleted text into graphics. It’s called SmartArt, but it isn’t really art. (I think Microsoft just liked the fact that Art and Smart rhyme.)

Why Use SmartArt Graphics?

SmartArt graphics offer some additional visual interest and can also help make your concepts clearer, by showing the relationships between your points.

For example, a slide could list the three components of a presentation, or it could instead use a SmartArt diagram that shows the relationship between the components. That is, you start with the content, move on to design, and finally deliver. The slide looks a lot better, too.

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