As part of this ongoing SmartArt series, you have learned that SmartArt graphics can be customized to a large extent – you can resize and move individual shapes, format text and change colors, add and delete shapes, and animate them in sequence — yet, even the customization options have their limitations. Any customization is within the bounding box within which your SmartArt graphic is contained. To get over these limitations, you may consider converting your SmartArt graphic to a collection of individual editable shapes that can be manipulated further. This approach does have its advantages since you are no longer tied to the SmartArt feature and can now treat the individual shapes as normal PowerPoint shapes that can be formatted, positioned, or animated as you deem fit! However, this freedom does come at a price — first of all, this is a one-way process, and you lose any editability for the SmartArt graphic from that point of time.
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