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Learn how to use SmartArt in Microsoft Office Word 2007.
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Next stop, we will take a look at something new in Word 2007 which is called smart art. I am just going to scroll down a little bit in my document here and I am going to click underneath Navigation 101 and again give myself a little bit of room to work here. And, if you move up to your insert tab here, you will find your smart art button underneath your illustrations category. Now, the smart art is a great way for inserting things like flowcharts and organizational charts and so on. Let us take a quick look here. Underneath my category on the left, I am going to click on higher key. And then, I will choose the first option in the second row. That is going to give me a horizontal higher key and click okay when you are ready and we get our organizational chart.
Now, these are very easy to work with. You can see that I have a box showing up on the left hand side here were I can begin typing in my text. I am going to type in homepage and you can see my content is getting added into my first box here. And did you notice too that the text automatically scaled fit the box? I am going to click inside the next row down and I will type in services. In my next box down I will type in corporate and private. Now, if I want too, what I could do is actually click on my boxes directly inside my chart here. In fact, just double click there and I can begin typing. Once again, did you notice a design tab showing up at the top of your screen? In fact, we have two contextual tabs, design and format. We will take a look at each of them here.
First of all, what I want to do is I want to add an additional shape to my chart here. I am going to drop that down and I will choose Add Shape below. That adds the shape below the last box that I had selected, which was Computer Hardware. But, I want to take that box and I want to move it up to the same level as computer hardware. I am going to use my promote button. That moves it up underneath computer hardware so now they are on the same level. I will click inside my left window here and I will type in computer software. There we are!
Now, up towards the top, I have some preset layout styles. And again, the wonderful thing here is everything appears as a live preview without actually committing to anything. So I will choose my horizontal labeled higher key. Over towards the right, I have my smart art styles and here is where the things really start getting interesting here. I can begin adding 3D effects to my smart art. I will choose my last option here and maybe I decide that I want to manipulate the colors inside my smart art object. Perhaps I will go with the green look here and once you are finished with your smart object just like your graphics, single click back inside your text and your contextual tabs at the top disappear.
Now, I am not quite finished with my smart art object so I am going to click back on it and of course your design and format contextual tabs show up at the top. Now, did you notice that because I had clicked on my services box, a blue frame appears around it? Now, that is going to come in to play in just a second here. I am going to click on my format tab and of course I met with a range of options here. I am going to start with my shape styles. If I open up my shape styles pull down window here, I can actually change the styles of my selected shape. I will choose this one here. If I wanted to apply that same style to anther shape, I just click on it. The blue frame shows up, I drop down my list and I go and find my style. Much like some of the options we have seen already, I can adjust my fill colors for my selected shapes, my outlines and my shape effects.
Now, I am not quite happy with what I just did there so I am just going to back up one step just using my undo button up at the top here but of course I could use the keyboard shortcut, control Z. I am going to back up a few steps until I am back to this point. Now, that I have my smart art object complete, I just single click outside of it and I am finished.