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Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams

From: PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

Video: Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams

In the previous video, I showed you one way to create SmartArt: by selecting an existing bulleted list and converting it to SmartArt. Now, I'd like to show you how we can take an empty slide and add SmartArt to it. This will give me a chance to show you some of the slick layouts that SmartArt has to offer and how to use the SmartArt interface. Let's head to slide number 6, Our Story. We're going to use this to demonstrate the next 50 years of Two Trees Olive Oil with a very interesting diagram an arrow.

Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams

In the previous video, I showed you one way to create SmartArt: by selecting an existing bulleted list and converting it to SmartArt. Now, I'd like to show you how we can take an empty slide and add SmartArt to it. This will give me a chance to show you some of the slick layouts that SmartArt has to offer and how to use the SmartArt interface. Let's head to slide number 6, Our Story. We're going to use this to demonstrate the next 50 years of Two Trees Olive Oil with a very interesting diagram an arrow.

We'll create a new slide to follow slide number 6, and we'll call it Our Story Continued. By the way, the shortcut key to create a new slide is Ctrl+M. Let's go ahead and give this a name. In the placeholder, we'll click on the SmartArt icon, which asks us the layout that we want to use. Let's look through the list. On the left, we have a list of categories, starting with All. In other words, every single SmartArt, regardless of its category, is going to appear in this list, but they're broken down.

If we know what we're looking for, we can jump straight to a specific category, like Pyramid or Cycle. Let's go back to All though, and take a look at the entire list. When we have a SmartArt selected, you'll see on the right a preview of what it can look like and a description of how it can be used and what its limitations are. This is important because not every SmartArt is going to work for every situation. Not only do the shapes need to match what you're trying to say, but the number of shapes needs to match the number of objects you have to talk about. Many SmartArt are flexible.

For example, this one here shows only three, but I can add probably up to seven or eight. If it doesn't say down here in the bottom, then it's probably not going to be limited. You'll notice that some SmartArt have room for pictures as well as text. Other ones are just pictures. Other ones are just text. Here's a SmartArt that provides room for both Level 1 and Level 2 text - Level 1, meaning a heading and Level 2, meaning bullets underneath that heading.

Here's an example of SmartArt that's only going to work with three objects. Here in this Stacked Venn diagram, PowerPoint will automatically add additional rings, or circles, as you add more bulleted items to your list. Notice also that most SmartArt objects are intended for very small phrases; for example, here we only have a little bit of room for our headings. We do have plenty of room for the bullets underneath each heading, but the heading themselves, in most SmartArt Graphics, need to be limited to one, maybe two, words.

You might think of this as an advantage, though. It forces you to think of just a few words to keep your slides simple. The graphic that we want to insert today, in the slide number 7, is from the Process list. And we'll use the Basic Chevron Process. I'll select it, review the information about it and then hit OK. When a SmartArt Graphic appears from scratch, it's up to you to type exactly what you want inside it. You'll see here that we have three placeholders for text. That doesn't mean I'm only limited to three objects, but that's how it starts off.

When you insert your SmartArt, you may or may not see this area here on the left. Notice that I can Collapse or Expand this area. Remember before, we selected an existing bulleted list, so the SmartArt tool converted that list into a SmartArt Graphic, but now we need to type. You can either click and type into the text placeholders that you see here, or you can click on the left in the window that appears that controls the SmartArt Graphic, like this. You can do your typing in either location, and it won't matter.

Should I need to create an additional graphic for another year, I can just use this like a regular bulleted list. By clicking here and pressing Enter, I can create another graphic. Likewise, I can use the Backspace key and get rid of them. The great thing about the SmartArt tool is that it's very flexible and customizable to your exact needs. If I move my mouse back up here after 1936 and press Enter, I can create a new year, just like that. Let's go ahead and add some text now underneath each of our chevrons.

To do that I'm going to press Enter and then Tab. Notice what happened when I use that key sequence, Enter and Tab. When I pressed Enter, it created a new bullet or a new chevron, but by pressing Tab, it indented me which signals to the SmartArt Graphic that I want text indented or inside the previous bullet, and now I'll type. Don't worry about the font size for now. I'll use my arrow keys or mouse and move down to 1945, press Enter and Tab and then enter my text. Again, Enter and Tab.

You can see how easy it is to add text. Working just like a bulleted list, you click, press Enter and use Tab to indent. Our SmartArt Graphic is nearly done, but we want to fix the formatting. We'll change the colors and the font size. With my SmartArt Graphic selected, I'll come up to the Font group of the Home tab in the Ribbon. I can pull down the Font menu and choose a different font, and everything changes. Likewise, I can make everything smaller or larger. Now, I'm going to select just one of the SmartArt Graphics and tell it to get larger.

I'll do that with the other two. In fact, I'm going to hold down Shift, so I can select both at the same time and tell them both to get larger. I'll select all three holding down Shift and hit Bold, just like that. With the entire graphic selected, I'm going to use my up arrow key a few times. And now I'll go to the SmartArt Tools > Design tab. I want to show you some of the options that we have here. The Layouts gallery shows us the same layouts that we saw before. This is the process category of all the layouts.

Even though I've already created my SmartArt and even customized it a little bit, I can still apply a different SmartArt layout just by hovering over and deciding a new one. I'll hit Undo, so I can go back to how I had it originally. Here's the Change Colors menu, and I'll go ahead and apply a different color set. And like we've seen before, I can change the SmartArt style just by pulling down the gallery and choosing a different option.

The Format tab allows me to control more formatting based on what I have selected. For example, let's select just 1995. Now I can pull down things like Shape Effects and apply a Glow, just to this one shape. But I'd like to keep them consistent, so I'm going to go ahead and hit Undo. The point is that you can control each individual shape, even down to a single letter individually, should you choose to do so. We're going to add another diagram after Slide number 7 that demonstrates the product philosophy of Two Trees; that is that everything is interrelated.

We're going to call this Our Philosophy. So from the Home tab, I'll click New Slide. And I'll enter "Our Philosophy." One more time, I'll click on the SmartArt Graphic, and this time I'll head to the Relationship category to find one that suits our needs. The Radial Cycle is perfect for the idea that I have in mind. So I'll select it and hit OK. Notice how this has a single bullet with four bullets indented inside.

I'm going to click here and type "The Product." And now underneath, I'll add our four bullets: Sustainable Growing, Retailer Relations, Superior Flavors, and Employee Pride. Notice that if I were to continue and press Enter, I'd be able to add more items. By the way, if we want to make this diagram larger, we can.

I don't need, necessarily, to have a title here. Watch what happens if I delete the title, change the layout to blank, and then select our SmartArt and use the handles to make it as large as possible, maybe not quite that large. Let's press Shift+F5 and see how this looks. Not bad. With my SmartArt selected, I'll return back to the Design tab, change the colors around and apply a different style.

The SmartArt tool takes diagrams to a whole new level, and your audience will appreciate their use. Anytime that you can convey information graphically, rather than with words, the better. In other words, scan your presentation and look for excuses to use SmartArt instead of traditional bullets. It will give new energy to your presentation and help your audience understand better.

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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