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Instead of creating a list using plain, bulleted text, you can create eye-catching lists using SmartArt graphics—in just few clicks.

Bulleted list versus a SmartArt graphic list
  1. On the Insert tab, click SmartArt.

  2. In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic gallery, click List, and then choose a Descriptions of SmartArt graphics. For example:

    • Vertical Bullet List Vertical Bullet List (SmartArt)

    • Horizontal Bullet List Horizontal Bullet List (SmartArt)

    • Trapezoid List Trapezoid List (SmartArt)

  3. Click the layout that you want, and then click OK.

  4. Click [Text], and then type your text.

Click [Text], and then type your text

Add another shape to your list

  1. Right-click an existing shape in the SmartArt graphic.

  2. Click Add Shape.

    Note: If Add Shape is grayed out, try clicking a different part of the shape.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To insert another shape before the selected shape, click Add Shape Before.

    • To add another shape after the selected shape, click Add Shape After.

      Insert a text box or shape

      For example, if you click Add Shape After, a fourth shape is added below the third shape:

      One more text box is added

      Tip: You can remove a shape that you no longer want by selecting it and then pressing Delete.

Apply a 3-D effect or other style to your list

To add flair to your SmartArt list, apply a style by clicking the More button More button and picking the SmartArt Style that you want.

Apply a SmartArt style

Do more with your SmartArt graphics list:

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