Microsoft Monday

Graphics can really add a lot to any presentation, and can help your audience connect with what’s being presented.  One of the new features in Microsoft Office 2007 helps you do this.  SmartArt can be found in Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Outlook 2007, and is used for creating classy diagrams for projects and presentations.

While the SmartArt graphics are included in four different Office 2007 applications, I have found that it’s especially helpful in PowerPoint 2007 where you can bring the graphics to life with animation – something you can’t do in the other apps.

It’s a really simple process that I’ll break down into just a few steps:

  • The first thing you’ll want to do is open up PowerPoint 2007.  From there you’ll need to find the SmartArt.  Click on the “Insert” tab at the top, and “smart art” will be one of the options in the illustrations section.
  • Click on SmartArt to view all of your options.

There’s a variety of different SmartArt choices, and it’s divided into several different categories. Or, you can just view them all at once. Categories include list, process, cycle, hierarchy, relationship, matrix, and pyramid. If you have a reason to be using PowerPoint in the first place, chances are you’ll have some reason to use some of the SmartArt graphics options within your presentation.


Steps continued:

  • Once you’ve selected the SmartArt graphic that you’d like to worth with, go to the animations tab and select the animation that you want. The image below shows the list of choices. There are quite a few, so it make take you some time to decide which one is right for your presentation.


  • After you’ve selected your animation that will be applied to your SmartArt, all that’s left is to view the finished product! The video below shows what the animation looks like in action.

If by chance you decide that you don’t want the animation included anymore, all you have to do is go back to the animations tab, and in the “animate” section click on the drop-down list and select “no animation.” This will remove the animation from your graphic.

It’s a very simple process, but one that will really add a lot to the graphics in your PowerPoint 2007 presentation.