This sounds simple… just click inside the diagram and press CTRL A. But it is not. I want to select all shapes in SmartArt – not the connectors. Let me explain.
What exactly is – select all shapes in SmartArt ?
Here is a sample org chart SmartArt with all shapes selected. I want to change formatting of only the people boxes, not the connectors.
I want to change formatting of only the people boxes, not the connectors. That will require too many attempts at Ctrl Clicks to exclude the unwanted connectors.
Fortunately, and as always, there is a better way. Open the SmartArt editor by clicking the arrow on the left side. Older versions of PowerPoint show two arrows in that position.
Click inside the editor and then press CTRL A (Select All). Now only the key shapes are selected. Connectors are automatically excluded.
That’s it. This works in all types of diagrams which have connectors of some kind. Few diagrams have no connectors at all. In these cases you do not need to select all in the editor.
Earlier I wrote about how to show bottom-up approach using simple bullets. Now let us do the same thing using SmartArt. Here we can use various visuals and enhance the visualization.
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In the previous article (SmartArt Animation: Part 1) we saw three types of Animation Effects for SmartArt: As one object, One by On and All at Once. In this article, we will explore remaining two – Level at Once and Level One by One. These two types of effects are available only if you have multi-level bullets. Let us learn these two features. (Reading time 4 min)
Continue reading SmartArt Animation: Part 2: Multi-level diagrams
SmartArt Animation offers 5 special types of animation. Most of these are never used. We will find out how and when to use these. Two part series (Reading time 7 min)
Continue reading SmartArt Animation: Part 1
My friend, Himani, asked me if I could create a SmartArt diagram like this. By default, it is not possible. So I tweaked the SmartArt feature and created a Dual SmartArt. Here is how…
Continue reading What did I learn today: Dual SmartArt
Show an Iterative Process using SmartArt:
SmartArt does not always work as you want it to. Here is how you tweak it to get the desired effect. 5 min video.
Download the presentation from here.