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Microsoft® Office 2010 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki, Faithe Wempen, Michael R. Groh, Herb Tyson, John Walkenbach

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Chapter 24. Using SmartArt Diagrams, Clip Art, and Pictures

Just as charts and graphs can enliven a boring table of numbers, a SmartArt diagram can enliven a conceptual discussion. SmartArt helps the audience understand the interdependencies of objects or processes in a visual way, so they don't have to juggle that information mentally as you speak. Some potential uses include organizational charts, hierarchy diagrams, and flow charts. Similarly, the right clip art image or photo can highlight a concept or present a product with clarity that words cannot achieve.

In this chapter you will learn how to create and fine-tune SmartArt diagrams, and how to select and insert clip art into your presentations. You'll also learn how to integrate photos and images from other sources, including how to compress them so they take up less disk space.

Understanding SmartArt Types and Their Uses

SmartArt is a special class of vector graphic object that combines shapes, lines, and text placeholders. SmartArt is most often used to illustrate relationships between bits of text.

The SmartArt interface is similar regardless ...

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