Which SmartArt graphic layouts have unlimited shapes?


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Using some SmartArt layouts, you can add as many extra shapes as you want. Other layouts contain a fixed number of shapes. For example, the Counterbalance Arrows layout in the Relationship type is designed to represent only two opposing ideas or concepts, and so only two of the shapes can contain text.

Counterbalance Arrows layout image

If you want to convey more than two ideas, switch to a layout that has more than two shapes available for text — such as the Pyramid List layout. Keep in mind that changing layouts or types for SmartArt graphics can alter the apparent meaning of your information. For example, a layout that shows arrows all pointing to the right, such as Basic Process in the Process type, has a different meaning from that of one that shows an arrow arranged in a circle, such as Continuous Cycle in the Cycle type.

You can both add and delete shapes in most SmartArt graphics, and you can also change the positions of the various shapes, so you should choose a layout that provides the best visual representation of your data.

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Shape, tier, and level limits for lists

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Basic Block List Basic Block List layout image Unlimited.
Bending Picture Accent List Bending Picture Accent layout image Unlimited.
Continuous Picture List Continuous Picture List layout image Unlimited.
Detailed Process Detailed Process layout image Unlimited.
Grouped List Grouped List layout image Unlimited.
Hierarchy List Hierarchy List layout image Unlimited.
Horizontal Bullet List Horizontal Bullet List layout image Unlimited.
Horizontal Picture List Horizontal Picture List layout image Unlimited.
Picture Accent List Picture Accent List layout image Unlimited.
Picture Caption List Picture Caption List layout image Unlimited.
Pyramid List Pyramid List layout image Unlimited.
Segmented Process Segmented Process layout image Unlimited.
Stacked List Stacked List layout image Unlimited.
Table Hierarchy Table Hierarchy layout image Unlimited.
Table List Table List layout image Only two levels: one main idea and unlimited second-level shapes.
Target List Target List layout image Unlimited.
Trapezoid List Trapezoid List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Box List Vertical Box List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Block List Vertical Block List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Bullet List Vertical Bullet List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Chevron List Vertical Chevron List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Picture Accent List Vertical Picture Accent List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Picture List Vertical Picture List layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Arrow List Vertical Arrow List layout image Unlimited.

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Shape, tier, and level limits for processes

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Accent Process Accent Process layout image Unlimited.
Alternating Flow Alternating Flow layout image Unlimited.
Arrow Ribbon Arrow Ribbon layout image Maximum two ideas.
Basic Bending Process Basic Bending Process layout image Unlimited.
Basic Chevron Process Basic Chevron Process layout image Unlimited.
Basic Process Basic Process layout image Unlimited.
Basic Timeline Basic Timeline layout image Unlimited.
Chevron List Chevron List layout image Unlimited.
Circular Bending Process Circular Bending Process layout image Unlimited.
Closed Chevron Process Closed Chevron Process layout image Unlimited.
Continuous Arrow Process Continuous Arrow Process layout image Unlimited.
Continuous Block Process Continuous Block Process layout image Unlimited.
Converging Arrows Converging Arrows layout image Unlimited.
Diverging Arrows Diverging Arrows layout image Unlimited.
Equation Equation layout image Unlimited.
Funnel Funnel layout image Maximum of three ideas in the funnel and a fourth below it.
Gear Gear layout image One main idea and two dependent ideas. Third-level text also shows.
Opposing Arrows Opposing Arrows layout image Two ideas.
Picture Accent Process Picture Accent Process layout image Unlimited.
Process Arrows Process Arrows layout image Unlimited.
Process List Process List layout image Unlimited.
Repeating Bending Process Repeating Bending Process layout image Unlimited.
Staggered Process Staggered Process layout image Maximum of five shapes.
Upward Arrow Upward Arrow layout image Maximum of five shapes.
Vertical Bending Process Vertical Bending Process layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Equation Vertical Equation layout image Unlimited.
Vertical Process Vertical Process layout image Unlimited.

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Shape, tier, and level limits for cycles

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Basic Cycle Basic Cycle layout image Unlimited.
Basic Pie Basic Pie layout image Maximum of seven segments.
Basic Radial Basic Radial layout image One main idea with unlimited second-level text.
Block Cycle Block Cycle layout image Unlimited.
Continuous Cycle Continuous Cycle layout image Unlimited.
Cycle Matrix Cycle Matrix layout image Four ideas with second-level descriptions.
Diverging Radial Diverging Radial layout image One main idea and unlimited second-level shapes.
Multidirectional Cycle Multidirectional Cycle layout image Unlimited.
Nondirectional Cycle Nondirectional Cycle layout image Unlimited.
Radial Cycle Radial Cycle layout image One main idea and unlimited second-level shapes.
Radial Venn Radial Venn layout image One main idea and unlimited second-level shapes.
Segmented Cycle Segmented Cycle layout image Maximum of seven segments.
Text Cycle Text Cycle layout image Unlimited.

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Shape, tier, and level limits for hierarchies

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Hierarchy Hierarchy layout image Unlimited.
Horizontal Hierarchy Horizontal Hierarchy layout image Unlimited.
Horizontal Labeled Hierarchy Horizontal Labeled Hierarchy layout image Unlimited.
Labeled Hierarchy Labeled Hierarchy layout image Unlimited.
Organization Chart Organization Chart layout image Unlimited.

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Shape, tier, and level limits for relationships

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Balance Balance layout image Unlimited.
Basic Target Basic Target layout image Maximum of five ideas. Unlimited second-level text, but it may overlap.
Basic Venn Basic Venn layout image Unlimited.
Converging Radial Converging Radial layout image One main idea with unlimited second-level text.
Counterbalance Arrows Counterbalance Arrows layout image Two ideas.
Linear Venn Linear Venn layout image Unlimited.
Nested Target Nested Target layout image Three ideas.
Radial List Radial List layout image One main idea and unlimited secondary ideas.
Stacked Venn Stacked Venn layout image

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Shape, tier, and level limits for matrices

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Basic Matrix Basic Matrix layout image Four ideas.
Grid Matrix Grid Matrix layout image Four ideas.
Titled Matrix Titled Matrix layout image One main idea with four second-level ideas.

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Shape, tier, and level limits for pyramids

Layout name Picture Shape limit
Basic Pyramid Basic Pyramid layout image Unlimited.
Inverted Pyramid Inverted Pyramid layout image Unlimited.
Segmented Pyramid Segmented Pyramid layout image Unlimited.

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