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PowerPoint Smart Art

In version 2007 Microsoft introduced SmartArt. This makes it easy to produce professional animated diagrams. There's a big snag though. Run the presentation in any of the free viewers (before the new 2010 version!) or an earlier version of PowerPoint and the Smart Art is converted to an image WITH NO ANIMATION.

Here's how to get Smart Art to animate in the viewer and in 2002, 2003 versions.

Create the Smart Art

Here's our simple example. Each of the three levels need to fade in "On Click". Don't bother adding the animation just yet.

SmartArt sample

Now select the diagram and with the SHIFT key held down select each of the six components.

six components selected

Now press in turn:

Ctrl + X


Ctrl + V

The result shouldn't look very different - but it is! In the custom animation pane add the fade entrances and adjust the animations to "On Click" as required to get the effect you need.

That's it, it will work just fine in the free viewers and in 2002/3 if you save down as a *.ppt (97-2003)

If you are trying to animate Smart Art (e.g. an org chart) that has connectors make sure that ALL the lines are selected before you proceed

Select ALL connectors



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