Descriptions of SmartArt graphics

List

Layout name Description Picture
Basic Block List Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Basic Block List layout image
Bending Picture Accent List Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The small circular shapes are designed to contain pictures. Works well for illustrating both Level 1 and Level 2 text. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Bending Picture Accent layout image
Continuous Picture List Use to show groups of interconnected information. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures. Continuous Picture List layout image
Detailed Process Use with large amounts of Level 2 text to show a progression through stages. Detailed Process layout image
Grouped List Use to show groups and sub-groups of information, or steps and sub-steps in a task, process, or workflow. Level 1 text corresponds to the top-level horizontal shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to vertical sub-steps under each related top-level shape. Works well for emphasizing sub-groups or sub-steps, hierarchical information, or multiple lists of information. Grouped List layout image
Hierarchy List Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing across groups. Can also be used to group or list information. Hierarchy List layout image
Horizontal Bullet List Use to show non-sequential or grouped lists of information. Works well with large amounts of text. All text has the same level of emphasis, and direction is not implied. Horizontal Bullet List layout image
Horizontal Picture List Use to show non-sequential or grouped information with an emphasis on related pictures. The top shapes are designed to contain pictures. Horizontal Picture List layout image
Picture Accent List Use to show grouped or related information. The small shapes on the upper corners are designed to contain pictures. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text. Picture Accent List layout image
Picture Caption List Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The top shapes are designed to contain pictures and pictures are emphasized over text. Works well for pictures with short text captions. Picture Caption List layout image
Pyramid List Use to show proportional, interconnected, or hierarchical relationships. Text appears in the rectangular shapes on top of the pyramid background. Pyramid List layout image
Segmented Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Emphasizes Level 2 text, since each line appears in a separate shape. Segmented Process layout image
Stacked List Use to show groups of information or steps in a task, process, or workflow. Circular shapes contain Level 1 text, and the corresponding rectangles contain Level 2 text. Works well for numerous details and minimal Level 1 text. Stacked List layout image
Table Hierarchy Use to show groups of information built from top to bottom, and the hierarchies within each group. This layout does not contain connecting lines. Table Hierarchy layout image
Table List Use to show grouped or related information of equal value. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the top shape and its Level 2 text is used for the subsequent lists. Table List layout image
Target List Use to show interrelated or overlapping information. Each of the first seven lines of Level 1 text appears in the rectangular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works well with both Level 1 and Level 2 text. Target List layout image
Trapezoid List Use to show grouped or related information of equal value. Works well with large amounts of text. Trapezoid List layout image
Vertical Box List Use to show several groups of information, especially groups with large amounts of Level 2 text. A good choice for bulleted lists of information. Vertical Box List layout image
Vertical Block List Use to show groups of information or steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works well with large amounts of Level 2 text. A good choice for text with a main point and multiple sub-points. Vertical Block List layout image
Vertical Bullet List Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. Works well for lists with long headings or top-level information. Vertical Bullet List layout image
Vertical Chevron List Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to emphasize movement or direction. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text. Vertical Chevron List layout image
Vertical Picture Accent List Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The small circles are designed to contain pictures. Vertical Picture Accent List layout image
Vertical Picture List Use to show non-sequential or grouped blocks of information. The small shapes on the left are designed to contain pictures. Vertical Picture List layout image
Vertical Arrow List Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow that move toward a common goal. Works well for bulleted lists of information. Vertical Arrow List layout image

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Process

Layout name Description Picture
Accent Process Use to show a progression, a timeline, or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works well for illustrating both Level 1 and Level 2 text. Accent Process layout image
Alternating Flow Use to show groups of information or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Emphasizes the interaction or relationships among the groups of information. Alternating Flow layout image
Arrow Ribbon Use to show either related or contrasting concepts with some connection, such as opposing forces. The first two lines of Level 1 text are used for text in the arrows. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Arrow Ribbon layout image
Basic Bending Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Basic Bending Process layout image
Basic Chevron Process Use to show a progression; a timeline; sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow; or to emphasize movement or direction. Level 1 text appears inside an arrow shape while Level 2 text appears below the arrow shapes. Basic Chevron Process layout image
Basic Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Basic Process layout image
Basic Timeline Use to show sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to show timeline information. Works well with both Level 1 and Level 2 text. Basic Timeline layout image
Chevron List Use to show a progression through several processes that make up an overall workflow. Also works for illustrating contrasting processes. The Level 1 text corresponds to the first arrow shape on the left, while the Level 2 text corresponds to horizontal sub-steps for each shape that contains Level 1 text. Chevron List layout image
Circular Bending Process Use to show a long or non-linear sequence or steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works best with Level 1 text only. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Circular Bending Process layout image
Closed Chevron Process Use to show a progression, a timeline, or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to emphasize movement or direction. Can be used to emphasize information in the starting shape. Works best with Level 1 text only. Closed Chevron Process layout image
Continuous Arrow Process Use to show a timeline or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works best with Level 1 text because each line of Level 1 text appears inside the arrow shape. Level 2 text appears outside the arrow shape. Continuous Arrow Process layout image
Continuous Block Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Works best with minimal Level 1 and Level 2 text. Continuous Block Process layout image
Continuous Picture List Use to show groups of interconnected information. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures. Continuous Picture List layout image
Converging Arrows Use to show ideas or concepts that converge to a central point. Works best with Level 1 text only. Converging Arrows layout image
Detailed Process Use with large amounts of Level 2 text to show a progression through stages. Detailed Process layout image
Diverging Arrows Use to show ideas or concepts that progress outward from a central source. Works best with Level 1 text only. Diverging Arrows layout image
Equation Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the equals sign (=).Works best with Level 1 text only. Equation layout image
Funnel Use to show the filtering of information or how parts merge into a whole. Emphasizes the final outcome. Can contain up to four lines of Level 1 text; the last of these four Level 1 text lines appears below the funnel and the other lines correspond to a circular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Funnel layout image
Gear Use to show interlocking ideas. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a gear shape, and their corresponding Level 2 text appears in rectangles next to the gear shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Gear layout image
Opposing Arrows Use to show two opposing ideas, or ideas that diverge from a central point. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to an arrow. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Opposing Arrows layout image
Picture Accent Process Use to show sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. The rectangular shapes in the background are designed to contain pictures. Picture Accent Process layout image
Process Arrows Use to show information illustrating a process or workflow. Level 1 text appears in the circular shapes and Level 2 text appears in the arrow shapes. Works best for minimal text and to emphasize movement or direction. Process Arrows layout image
Process List Use to show multiple groups of information or steps and sub-steps in a task, process, or workflow. Level 1 text corresponds to the top horizontal shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to vertical sub-steps under each related top-level shape. Process List layout image
Repeating Bending Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Repeating Bending Process layout image
Segmented Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Emphasizes Level 2 text, since each line appears in a separate shape. Segmented Process layout image
Staggered Process Use to show a downward progression through stages. Each of the first five lines of Level 1 text corresponds with a rectangle. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Staggered Process layout image
Upward Arrow Use to show a progression or steps that trend upward in a task, process, or workflow. Each of the first five lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a point on the arrow. Works best with minimal text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Upward Arrow layout image
Vertical Arrow List Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow that move toward a common goal. Works well for bulleted lists of information. Vertical Arrow List layout image
Vertical Bending Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow. Maximizes both horizontal and vertical display space for shapes. Places more emphasis on the interrelationships among the shapes than on direction or movement. Vertical Bending Process layout image
Vertical Chevron List Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow, or to emphasize movement or direction. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text. Vertical Chevron List layout image
Vertical Equation Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the arrow. Works best with Level 1 text only. Vertical Equation layout image
Vertical Process Use to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow from top to bottom. Works best with Level 1 text, since the vertical space is limited. Vertical Process layout image

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Cycle

Layout name Description Picture
Basic Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the stages or steps rather than the connecting arrows or flow. Works best with Level 1 text only. Basic Cycle layout image
Basic Pie Use to show how individual parts form a whole. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond to the evenly distributed wedge or pie shapes. The top Level 1 text shape appears outside of the rest of the pie for emphasis. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Pie layout image
Basic Radial Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Radial layout image
Block Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the stages or steps rather than the connecting arrows or flow. Block Cycle layout image
Continuous Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the connection between all components. Works best with Level 1 text only. Continuous Cycle layout image
Cycle Matrix Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cyclical progression. Each of the first four lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a wedge or pie shape, and Level 2 text appears in a rectangular shape to the side of the wedge or pie shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Cycle Matrix layout image
Diverging Radial Use to show relationships to a central idea in a cycle. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circular shape. Emphasizes the surrounding circles rather than the central idea. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Diverging Radial layout image
Gear Use to show interlocking ideas. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a gear shape, and their corresponding Level 2 text appears in rectangles next to the gear shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Gear layout image
Multidirectional Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events that can occur in any direction. Multidirectional Cycle layout image
Nondirectional Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Each shape has the same level of importance. Works well when direction does not need to be indicated. Nondirectional Cycle layout image
Radial Cycle Use to show the relationship to a central idea. Emphasizes both information in the center circle and how information in the outer ring of circles contributes to the central idea. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circle, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the outer ring of circles. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Radial Cycle layout image
Radial Venn Use to show both overlapping relationships and the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape and the lines of Level 2 text correspond to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Radial Venn layout image
Segmented Cycle Use to show a progression or a sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the interconnected pieces. Each of the first seven lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a wedge or pie shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Segmented Cycle layout image
Text Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Emphasizes the arrows or flow rather than the stages or steps. Works best with Level 1 text only. Text Cycle layout image

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Hierarchy

Layout name Description Picture
Hierarchy Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing from top to bottom. Hierarchy layout image
Hierarchy List Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing across groups. Can also be used to group or list information. Hierarchy List layout image
Horizontal Hierarchy Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing horizontally. Works well for decision trees. Horizontal Hierarchy layout image
Horizontal Labeled Hierarchy Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing horizontally and grouped hierarchically. Emphasizes heading or level 1 text. The first line of Level 1 text appears in the shape at the beginning of the hierarchy, and the second and all subsequent lines of Level 1 text appear at the top of the tall rectangles. Horizontal Labeled Hierarchy layout image
Labeled Hierarchy Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing from top to bottom and grouped hierarchically. Emphasizes heading or level 1 text. The first line of Level 1 text appears in the shape at the beginning of the hierarchy, and all subsequent lines of Level 1 text appear to the left of the tall rectangles. Labeled Hierarchy layout image
Organization Chart Use to show hierarchical information or reporting relationships in an organization. The assistant shape and the Org Chart hanging layouts are available with this layout. Organization Chart layout image
Table Hierarchy Use to show groups of information built from top to bottom, and the hierarchies within each group. This layout does not contain connecting lines. Table Hierarchy layout image

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Relationship

Layout name Description Picture
Arrow Ribbon Use to show either related or contrasting concepts with some connection, such as opposing forces. The first two lines of Level 1 text are used for text in the arrows. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Arrow Ribbon layout image
Balance Use to compare or show the relationship between two ideas. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to text at the top of one side of the center point. Emphasizes Level 2 text, which is limited to four shapes on each side of the center point. The balance tips towards the side with the most shapes containing Level 2 text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Balance layout image
Basic Pie Use to show how individual parts form a whole. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond to the evenly distributed wedge or pie shapes. The top Level 1 text shape appears outside of the rest of the pie for emphasis. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Pie layout image
Basic Radial Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Radial layout image
Basic Target Use to show containment, gradations, or hierarchical relationships. The first five lines of Level 1 text are associated with a circle. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Target layout image
Basic Venn Use to show overlapping or interconnected relationships. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond with a circle. If there are four or fewer lines of Level 1 text, the text is inside the circles. If there are more than four lines of Level 1 text, the text is outside of the circles. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Venn layout image
Continuous Picture List Use to show groups of interconnected information. The circular shapes are designed to contain pictures. Continuous Picture List layout image
Converging Arrows Use to show ideas or concepts that converge to a central point. Works best with Level 1 text only. Converging Arrows layout image
Converging Radial Use to show relationships of concepts or components to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central circular shape and the lines of Level 2 text correspond to the surrounding rectangular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Converging Radial layout image
Counterbalance Arrows Use to show two opposing ideas or concepts. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to an arrow and works well with Level 2 text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Counterbalance Arrows layout image
Cycle Matrix Use to show the relationship to a central idea in a cyclical progression. Each of the first four lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a wedge or pie shape, and Level 2 text appears in a rectangular shape to the side of the wedge or pie shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Cycle Matrix layout image
Diverging Arrows Use to show ideas or concepts that progress outward from a central source. Works best with Level 1 text only. Diverging Arrows layout image
Diverging Radial Use to show relationships to a central idea in a cycle. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circular shape. Emphasizes the surrounding circles rather than the central idea. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Diverging Radial layout image
Equation Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the equals sign (=).Works best with Level 1 text only. Equation layout image
Funnel Use to show the filtering of information or how parts merge into a whole. Emphasizes the final outcome. Can contain up to four lines of Level 1 text; the last of these four Level 1 text lines appears below the funnel and the other lines correspond to a circular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Funnel layout image
Gear Use to show interlocking ideas. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text corresponds to a gear shape, and their corresponding Level 2 text appears in rectangles next to the gear shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Gear layout image
Grouped List Use to show groups and sub-groups of information, or steps and sub-steps in a task, process, or workflow. Level 1 text corresponds to the top-level horizontal shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to vertical sub-steps under each related top-level shape. Works well for emphasizing sub-groups or sub-steps, hierarchical information, or multiple lists of information. Grouped List layout image
Hierarchy List Use to show hierarchical relationships progressing across groups. Can also be used to group or list information. Hierarchy List layout image
Linear Venn Use to show overlapping relationships in a sequence. Works best with Level 1 text only. Linear Venn layout image
Nested Target Use to show containment relationships. Each of the first three lines of Level 1 text correspond to the upper left text in the shapes, and Level 2 text corresponds to the smaller shapes. Works best with minimal Level 2 lines of text. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Nested Target layout image
Nondirectional Cycle Use to represent a continuing sequence of stages, tasks, or events in a circular flow. Each shape has the same level of importance. Works well when direction does not need to be indicated. Nondirectional Cycle layout image
Opposing Arrows Use to show two opposing ideas, or ideas that diverge from a central point. Each of the first two lines of Level 1 text corresponds to an arrow. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Opposing Arrows layout image
Picture Accent List Use to show grouped or related information. The small shapes on the upper corners are designed to contain pictures. Emphasizes Level 2 text over Level 1 text, and is a good choice for large amounts of Level 2 text. Picture Accent List layout image
Radial Cycle Use to show the relationship to a central idea. Emphasizes both information in the center circle and how information in the outer ring of circles contributes to the central idea. The first Level 1 line of text corresponds to the central circle, and its Level 2 text corresponds to the outer ring of circles. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Radial Cycle layout image
Radial List Use to show relationships to a central idea in a cycle. The center shape can contain a picture. Level 1 text appears in the smaller circles and any related Level 2 text appears to the side of the smaller circles. Radial List layout image
Radial Venn Use to show both overlapping relationships and the relationship to a central idea in a cycle. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape and the lines of Level 2 text correspond to the surrounding circular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Radial Venn layout image
Segmented Pyramid Use to show containment, proportional, or interconnected relationships. The first nine lines of Level 1 text appear in the triangular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works best with Level 1 text only. Segmented Pyramid layout image
Stacked Venn Use to show overlapping relationships. A good choice for emphasizing growth or gradation. Works best with Level 1 text only. The first seven lines of Level 1 text correspond to a circular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Stacked Venn layout image
Table Hierarchy Use to show groups of information built from top to bottom, and the hierarchies within each group. This layout does not contain connecting lines. Table Hierarchy layout image
Target List Use to show interrelated or overlapping information. Each of the first seven lines of Level 1 text appears in the rectangular shape. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works well with both Level 1 and Level 2 text. Target List layout image
Vertical Equation Use to show sequential steps or tasks that depict a plan or result. The last Level 1 line of text appears after the arrow. Works best with Level 1 text only. Vertical Equation layout image

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Matrix

Layout name Description Picture
Basic Matrix Use to show the relationship of components to a whole in quadrants. The first four lines of Level 1 text appear in the quadrants. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Basic Matrix layout image
Grid Matrix Use to show the placement of concepts along two axes. Emphasizes the individual components rather than the whole. The first four lines of Level 1 text appear in the quadrants. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Grid Matrix layout image
Titled Matrix Use to show the relationships of four quadrants to a whole. The first line of Level 1 text corresponds to the central shape, and the first four lines of Level 2 text appear in the quadrants. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Titled Matrix layout image

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Pyramid

Layout name Description Picture
Basic Pyramid Use to show proportional, interconnected, or hierarchical relationships with the largest component on the bottom and narrowing up. Level 1 text appears in the pyramid segments and Level 2 text appears in shapes alongside each segment. Basic Pyramid layout image
Inverted Pyramid Use to show proportional, or interconnected, or hierarchical relationships with the largest component on the top and narrowing down. Level 1 text appears in the pyramid segments and Level 2 text appears in shapes alongside each segment. Inverted Pyramid layout image
Pyramid List Use to show proportional, interconnected, or hierarchical relationships. Text appears in the rectangular shapes on top of the pyramid background. Pyramid List layout image
Segmented Pyramid Use to show containment, proportional, or interconnected relationships. The first nine lines of Level 1 text appear in the triangular shapes. Unused text does not appear, but remains available if you switch layouts. Works best with Level 1 text only. Segmented Pyramid layout image

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007