SmartArt is a diagram creation tool available in Word, PowerPoint and Excel and has some fabulous SmartArt shortcuts that you can use with it to make your life easier.  Here are some of my favourites.

Working with Shapes

Select the next element in a SmartArt graphic – Tab

Select the previous element in a SmartArt graphic – SHIFT+Tab

Select all shapes – CTRL+A

Remove focus from the selected shape – ESC

Nudge the selected shape up – Up Arrow

Nudge the selected shape down – Down Arrow

Nudge the selected shape left – Left Arrow

Nudge the selected shape right – Right Arrow

Edit text in the selected shape – Enter or F2, ESC to exit shape

Move and Size Shapes

Enlarge the selected shape horizontally – SHIFT+Right Arrow

Reduce the selected shape horizontally – SHIFT+Left Arrow

Enlarge the selected shape vertically – SHIFT+Up Arrow

Reduce the selected shape vertically – SHIFT+Down Arrow

Rotate the selected shape to the right – ALT+Right Arrow

Rotate the selected shape to the left – ALT+Left Arrow

Note: To apply more precise adjustments to shapes press the CTRL key in addition to any of the above keyboard shortcuts

Working with Text in a Graphic

Copy formatting from the selected text – SHIFT+CTRL+C

Paste formatting to the selected text – SHIFT+CTRL+V

Use the Text Pane

Display the shortcut menu – SHIFT+F10

Switch between the text pane and the drawing canvas – CTRL+SHIFT+F2

Close the text pane – ALT+F4

Switch the focus from the text pane to the border of the SmartArt graphic – ESC

Open the SmartArt graphics Help topic – CTRL+SHIFT+F1

Using SmartArt shortcuts is a great way to speed up the creation and amendment of these fabulous graphics.

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