PowerPoint Tip – Break Up SmartArt

It’s February and it’s time for another ‘Keep it Simple’ tip!

This month it is a PowerPoint tip on breaking up SmartArt and you can view the video or follow the step-by-step shown underneath.

Enjoy and remember: Keep it Simple!


Today we’re looking at PowerPoint and we’re going to see how we can quickly break up a piece of SmartArt so that we have more ways to manipulate it.

Step 1

  • I’ll start by going to the Insert tab
  • Click on the SmartArt button
  • Select the Process Category
  • I’ll select the Upward Arrow

Step 2

  • Keeping the SmartArt selected, from the Home tab
  • Go to the Arrange group – select Group
  • Then click on Ungroup

The shape is now broken into all its parts.

Step 3

  • I can de-select – then remove the bits that I don’t want.
  • When I click on the Arrow, I’ll see that I now have those yellow circles available, that allow me to adjust the shape, within the shape.
  • I can also rotate, flip and adjust the size.


Thank you for watching and I’ll be back with another useful ‘Keep it Simple‘ tip – next month!

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