How to Map a Process in PowerPoint

PowerPoint's SmartArt templates include a number of process graphics. Insert a template to create a base for the process before customizing its layout and adding text to it. After you've created a process, customize its style, color and text.

Insert a Process

Step

Open the Insert tab and select SmartArt.

Open SmartArt on the Insert tab.
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Select Process and choose a template from the list.
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Step

Select Process and browse the list of templates. Select an image to see recommendations on how to use the design. Select OK to insert the process in the slide.

Customize the Layout

The template may not contain the right number of steps for your process, in which case add or delete shapes. PowerPoint automatically resizes steps when you change the layout, decreasing size when you add additional shapes and increasing size when you delete.

Add a Process Step

Step

Select the process to open the SmartArt Tools tabs. Select the Design tab.

Open the Design tab in SmartArt Tools.
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Use Add Shape to add additional steps to the process.
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Step

Go to the Create Graphic area and select Add Shape.

Delete a Process Step

Select the step you want to delete and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Add Text to the Process

Step

Select the process and then click the arrow to the left of its frame to open the Text Pane. This contains a list of the fields to which you can add text.

Use the arrow to open the Text Pane.
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Type text in the Text Pane.
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Step

Select the first field in the list. It corresponds to the first step in the process. Enter your text and repeat for the other fields. When you're done, select the X on the pane to close it.

Customize the Layout

To change color and style from the template's defaults, use tools on the Design and Format tabs. You can also customize the process's text.

Change the Color Theme

Step

Select the process and open the Design tab. Select the Change Colors button.

Open Change Colors on the Design tab.
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Select a new color theme from the Change Colors menu.
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Step

Choose a new theme from the menu to apply it to the process.

Change the Step Style

Step

Select the process and open the Design tab. Select the down arrow in the SmartArt Styles pane.

Select the arrow to open SmartArt styles.
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Choose a new style for the steps.
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Step

Choose a design from the Best Match for Document or 3-D areas to apply the style to the process.

Customize Text with WordArt

Step

To apply WordArt styles to the text in all steps, select the process; to apply styles to only one step, select the step. Open the Format tab. Select the down arrow on the WordArt Styles pane.

Use the down arrow on WordArt Styles to open its menu.
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Select a WordArt style from the menu.
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Step

Hover your mouse over a style to see a preview on the process. Select a style to apply it.

Change the text's fill and outline and add effects.
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Step

Select Text Fill to open its color palette; change the color of the text's fill. Select Text Outline to change its border color. To add additional effects, such as shadow, reflection and glow, select the Text Effects button.