Where are the SmartArt tools?

SmartArt graphics and tools are available in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word 2007 and 2010.

You can find all the tools for SmartArt graphics on the SmartArt toolbar. To activate the SmartArt toolbar, click on a SmartArt graphic. If your document doesn’t already contain a graphic, create one by following the instructions in.Create a SmartArt graphic.

You can find SmartArt tools on two tabs: the Design tab and the Format tab:

  • The Design tab helps you change your SmartArt graphic's layout, change the style, or change the colors used in your SmartArt graphic.

SmartArt Tools Design tab

  • The Format tab helps you change the shapes in your SmartArt graphic, their style, and their colors. Here you'll also find tools to help you apply effects and text styles, and to change the size of your SmartArt graphic. With the tools in the Arrange group, you can edit the position and orientation of pictures and shapes, and alter the layout of text in your SmartArt graphic.

SmartArt Tools Format tab

Quick access to the SmartArt tools

You can quickly edit your SmartArt graphic or the shapes in it by right-clicking on the SmartArt graphic or on a shape in your SmartArt graphic.

You can try many combinations to create your perfect SmartArt graphic. To change a shape in your SmartArt graphic back to its default settings, right-click the shape, and then click Reset Shape.

Applies to:
Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010