Create a chevron list


Keywords    animate chevron; style chevron; change chevron color; vertical chevron


A vertical chevron list graphically illustrates a progression of sequential steps in a task, workflow, or process in which you want to emphasize movement or direction, or a list that contains a main point with multiple sub-points. By using a SmartArt graphic in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, or Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can create a vertical chevron list and include it in your worksheet, e-mail message, presentation, or document.

Vertical Chevron List

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Create a vertical chevron list

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.

Illustrations group Ribbon Image

  1. In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic gallery, click List, and then double-click Vertical Chevron List.
  2. To enter your text, do one of the following:
    • Click [Text] in the Text pane, and then type your text.
    • Copy text from another location or program, click [Text] in the Text pane, and then paste your text.

 Note   If the Text pane is not visible, click the control.

Text Pane control

  • Click in a box in the SmartArt graphic, and then type your text.

 Note   For best results, use this option after you add all of the boxes that you want.

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Add or delete chevron shapes

Add a chevron

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a chevron shape to.
  2. Click the existing chevron shape that is located closest to where you want to add the new chevron shape.
  3. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the Create Graphic group, click the arrow under Add Shape.

Add a shape

If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected the SmartArt graphic.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To insert a chevron shape one level below, click Add Shape After.
    • To insert a chevron shape one level above, click Add Shape Before.

Delete a chevron

To delete a chevron, click the border of the chevron that you want to delete, and then press DELETE.

 Notes 

  • When you need to add a chevron to your chevron list, experiment with adding the chevron before or after the selected chevron to get the placement you want for the new chevron. It's simple to fix common SmartArt mistakes.
  • To add a chevron from the Text pane:
    1. Place your cursor at the beginning of the text where you want to add a chevron shape.
    2. Type the text that you want in your new chevron shape, press ENTER, and then to indent the new chevron shape, press TAB, or to negative indent, press SHIFT+TAB.

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Move a chevron shape

  • To move a chevron shape, click the shape and then drag it to its new location.
  • To move a chevron shape in very small increments, hold down CTRL while you press the arrow keys on your keyboard.

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Change the colors of your vertical chevron list

To quickly add a designer-quality look and polish to your SmartArt graphic, you can change the colors or apply a SmartArt Style to your vertical chevron list. You can also add effects, such as glows, soft edges, or 3-D effects. In Office PowerPoint 2007 presentations, you can animate your vertical chevron list.

You can apply color combinations that are derived from the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.) to the boxes in your SmartArt graphic.

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic whose color you want to change.
  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group, click Change Colors.

SmartArt toolbar - Vertical Block List

If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected the SmartArt graphic.

  1. Click the color combination that you want.

 Tip   When you place your pointer over a thumbnail, you can see how the colors affect your SmartArt graphic.

Change the line color or style of a box's border

  1. In the SmartArt graphic, right-click the border of the box you want to change, and then click Format Shape.
  2. To change the color of the box's border, click Line Color, click Color Button image, and then click the color that you want.
  3. To change the style of the box's border, click Line Style, and then choose the line styles you want.

Change the background color of a chevron shape

  1. Right-click the border of a chevron shape, and then click Format Shape.
  2. Click the Fill pane, and then click Solid fill.
  3. Click Color Button image, and then click the color that you want.
  4. To specify how much you can see through the background color, move the Transparency slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

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Apply a SmartArt Style to your vertical chevron list

A SmartArt Style is a combination of various effects, such as line style, bevel, or 3-D, that you can apply to the chevron shapes in your SmartArt graphic to create a unique and professionally designed look.

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic whose SmartArt Style you want to change.
  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group, click the SmartArt Style that you want.

SmartArt toolbar - Vertical Block List

To see more SmartArt Styles, click the More button button image.

If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected the SmartArt graphic.

 Notes 

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Animate your vertical chevron list

If you're using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can animate your vertical chevron list to emphasize each chevron shape.

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic that you want to animate.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Animate, and then click By branch one by one.

Animations tab image

 Note    If you copy a vertical chevron list that has an animation applied to it to another slide, the animation is also copied.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007