Replace bulleted text with a smart-looking graphical list

Instead of creating a list using plain, bulleted text, you can create eye-catching lists using SmartArt graphics − in just few clicks.

Bulleted list versus a SmartArt graphic list

A plain, bulleted list compared to a SmartArt list (Pyramid List).
  1. On the Insert tab, click SmartArt.
  2. In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic gallery, click List, and then choose a list layout. For example:
  • Vertical Bullet List Vertical Bullet List (SmartArt)
  • Horizontal Bullet List Horizontal Bullet List (SmartArt)
  • Trapezoid List Trapezoid List (SmartArt)
  1. Click the layout that you want, and then click OK.
  2. Click [Text], and then type your text.

Click [Text], and then type your text

Add another shape to your list

  1. Right-click an existing shape in the SmartArt graphic.
  2. Click Add Shape.

 Note    If Add Shape is grayed out, try clicking a different part of the shape.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To insert another shape before the selected shape, click Add Shape Before.
    • To add another shape after the selected shape, click Add Shape After.

Insert a text box or shape

For example, I clicked Add Shape After, and a fourth shape was added below the third shape.

One more text box is added

 Tip    You can click a shape that you no longer want, and then press Delete.

Apply a 3-D effect or other style to your list

To add flair to your SmartArt list, apply a style by clicking the More button button image and picking the SmartArt Style that you want.

Apply a SmartArt style

Do more with your SmartArt graphics list:

Applies to:
Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Word 2013