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How to select all shapes in SmartArt

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.

Select all shapes in SmartArt

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.

Select all shapes in SmartArt but not the connectors

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.

PowerPoint SmartArt: Knowledge Pack

Here is a list of all the articles I have written about PowerPoint SmartArt. This is a LIVE list. I will update it whenever I write more articles about SmartArt.

PowerPoint SmartArt Knowledge Pack - boring bullets to exciting visuals

  1. Boring to Exciting ppt – in few clicks!
  2. Marketing: Arranging multiple pictures in few clicks
  3. Show Off and Learn: Picture Organization Chart in 2 minutes
  4. Video Tutorial: How to show collaboration in PowerPoint (4 min)
  5. Marketing: How to create “Our Customers” Slide in seconds
  6. Applied Knowledge: SWOT and PEST analysis (PowerPoint)
  7. Applied Knowledge: Show an Iterative Process using SmartArt
  8. What did I learn today: Dual SmartArt
  9. SmartArt Animation: Part 1
  10. SmartArt Animation: Part 2: Multi-level diagrams
  11. Bottom-Up approach using SmartArt

Enjoy.

SmartArt Animation: Part 2: Multi-level diagrams

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

Applied Knowledge: SWOT and PEST analysis (PowerPoint)

Using PowerPoint you can convert simple bullets to high-impact diagrams in seconds. Refer to these articles to learn a great feature called SmartArt:

Boring to Exciting ppt – in few clicks!
Marketing: Arranging multiple pictures in few clicks!
Show Off and Learn: Picture Organization Chart in 2 minutes
Video Tutorial: How to show collaboration in PowerPoint
Marketing: How to create “Our Customers” Slide in seconds

Recently I was working on PEST analysis with my good friend Ms. Faith. That is when I thought of writing this article. We will see how SWOT and PEST analysis diagrams can be created instantly using PowerPoint. These topics are commonly used in strategic management and situational analysis.

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Continue reading Applied Knowledge: SWOT and PEST analysis (PowerPoint)