Add callouts, captions, or lines to your SmartArt graphic

When you create a SmartArt graphic, you might want to add some explanatory text or point out something on the SmartArt graphic. You can do this by either adding a caption or callout shape, or a line with an arrowhead.

Add a caption or callout shape

Which program are you using?


Excel

  1. Click the spreadsheet that contains the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a caption to.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Excel Insert tab image

  1. Under Callouts, click the shape that you want, click anywhere on your SmartArt graphic, and then drag to draw and place the shape.
  2. To enter text, type in the shape.

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PowerPoint

  1. Click the slide that contains the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a caption to.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes.

PowerPoint Home tab image

  1. Under Callouts, click the shape that you want, click anywhere on your SmartArt graphic, and then drag to draw and place the shape.
  2. To enter text, type in the shape.

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Word

  1. Click the document that contains the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a caption to.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Word Insert tab

  1. Under Callouts, click the shape that you want, click anywhere on your SmartArt graphic, and then drag to draw and place the shape.
  2. To enter text, type in the shape.

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Add a line with an arrowhead

Which program are you using?


Excel

  1. Click the spreadsheet that contains the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a line with an arrowhead to.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Excel Insert tab image

  1. Under Lines, click the line that you want, click anywhere on your SmartArt graphic, and then drag to draw and place the line.

To draw a straight line, click Line Button image, and then drag to draw the line.

  1. To add an arrowhead, select the line, and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected the line.

  1. Point to Arrows, and then click the arrow style that you want.

To create a custom arrow style, click More Arrows, and then choose the options that you want.

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PowerPoint

  1. Click the slide that contains the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a line with an arrowhead to.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes.

PowerPoint Home tab image

  1. Under Lines, click the line that you want, click anywhere on your SmartArt graphic, and then drag to draw and place the line.

To draw a straight line, click Line Button image, and then drag to draw the line.

  1. To add an arrowhead, select the line, and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected the line.

  1. Point to Arrows, and then click the arrow style that you want.

To create a custom arrow style, click More Arrows, and then choose the options that you want.

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Word

  1. Click the document that contains the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a line to.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Word Insert tab

  1. Under Lines, click the line that you want, click anywhere on your SmartArt graphic, and then drag to draw and place the line.

To draw a straight line, click Line Button image, and then drag to draw the line.

To constrain the line at 15-degree angles from its starting point, press and hold SHIFT as you drag.

  1. To add an arrowhead, select the line, and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected the line.

  1. Point to Arrows, and then click the arrow style that you want.

To create a custom arrow style, click More Arrows, and then choose the options that you want.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007