Add text inside or on top of a SmartArt graphic shape

You can add shapes to your SmartArt graphic either from within the SmartArt graphic or from within the Text pane. You can also add text boxes (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) to position text anywhere you want to, near or on top of your SmartArt graphic.

What do you want to do?


Add text from within the SmartArt graphic

  1. Click the shape in the SmartArt graphic to which you want to add text.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Type your text in the SmartArt graphic shape.
    • Copy text from another location or program, and then paste your text in the SmartArt graphic shape.

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Add text using the Text pane

  1. Click your SmartArt graphic to select it.
  2. If the Text pane is not visible, click the control on the left side of your SmartArt graphic.

Text Pane control

  1. Next to the bullet to which you want to add text, click [Text], and then do one of the following:
    • Type your text in the Text pane.
    • Copy text from another location or program, and then paste your text in the Text pane.

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Add text using a text box

Adding a text box does not add text to the SmartArt graphic itself, but allows you to position comments and other text wherever you like, close to or on top of your SmartArt graphic.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Text Box.

If you're using Microsoft Office Word 2007, click the type of text box that you want.

  1. Click the text box, and then do one of the following:
    • Type your text in the text box.
    • Copy text from another location or program, and then paste your text in the text box.
  2. Drag the text box to the location that you want.
  3. To format your text box, in order to change its appearance or make its background and border invisible, see:

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007