Sometimes you want to spice up a report in Word but aren’t a graphic artist. I know the feeling. Though my art skills are lacking, I get around in Microsoft Word pretty well and there are a host of great built-in tools that can allow me to look the part.
The SmartArt feature is one of those tools. This tip will serve as just an overview, encouraging you to take a look around at this powerful feature. I encourage my IT support customers to take a little bit of time whenever possible to explore their software. Once you’ve purchased it, you might as well use it!
Step 1: Open a blank Word document. Look for the SmartArt button on the Insert tab under Illustrations.
Step 2: Click the SmartArt button and browse around the options available.
Step 3: After you’ve looked around at the possibilities, choose Pyramid from the menu on the left and select Basic Pyramid.
Step 4: Type your custom text into the available boxes when the box appears:
If you double-click on one of the text items above, you’ll get the standard editing box:
Step 5: Highlighting various areas of the pyramid will let you customize the text and the background color. Use the bucket (fill) icon to change the color of the box. Here’s my edited pyramid:
This was created with just a few minutes of editing time. What can you accomplish?
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