How to Animate SmartArt Diagrams in PowerPoint

SmartArt Diagrams were introduced in Office 2007. Using SmartArt on a PowerPoint slide is a great way to present a business concept. They are much more interesting for both the audience and the presenter¬† – compared to “boring bullet points.”

However, when you want to engage your audience, it helps to apply Custom Animation to the Smart Art so that each part of the diagram appears in the order – and with the timing – that you want.

You can quickly download this five minute video by clicking just below this image. Or, you can get this – and my other Podcast tips – from the iTunes Store by clicking this link.

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  1. Danny,
    It’s a nicely-done, thorough tutorial! In practice, I often ungroup SmartArt, regroup certain elements together and then animate them the way I want them. For example, I probably would have wanted each month with its Phase to appear at the same time. For me, ungrouping SmartArt gives me the control I want. (But the one-by-one option on the SmartArt Animation tab is closest to that.)

  2. Hi Ellen –

    Thank you for adding your comments to this video tip. The beauty of PowerPoint is that there are so many ways to customize the graphic elements to fit our style and the point of each slide.

    Danny Rocks
    The Company Rocks

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