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MS Word 2010 SmartArt??

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  • Did anyone who developed SmartArt ever try to use it?  It is the most difficult MS tool I have ever tried to use.  There is no basic functionality that allows you to do what you want besides for doing everything manually with shapes which is tedious.  All I want to do is create a simple process chart that has 2 degrees of motion, however SmartArt constantly moves all my arrows around and changes text and box sizes.  I cant simply add my own boxes and arrows where I want them.  Every step I take forward results in me taking 3 to 4 steps back with arrows changing lengths, widths, directions, position, etc.  Anything that can go wrong is in fact going wrong.  This tool is horrid.  Please fix it..
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:03 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    Thank you for using Microsoft Office for IT Professionals Forums.

     

    From your description, please note when you add and edit your content in the Text pane, your SmartArt graphic is automatically updated. The behavior is by designed.

     

    Since you can quickly and easily switch layouts, please try different layouts (across types) until you find the one that best illustrates your message.

     

    If all the layouts cannot meet your requirement, you can insert the Shapes manually instead of SmartArt.

     

    In addition, the following link might be helpful to you:

    Demo: Spice up your text with SmartArt graphics

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/demo-spice-up-your-text-with-smartart-graphics-HA010198308.aspx

    Community video: Add illustrations with SmartArt

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/redir/XT010285118.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA001205867

     

     

    Thanks for your understanding.

     

     

    Sincerely

    Rex Zhang

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    Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:04 AM
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