How to Add a Shape to a SmartArt Object in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Brief...

It's easy to add shapes to SmartArt objects and use them to add more information to your PowerPoint presentations.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the SmartArt object.

  2. Select the shape closest to where you want to add the new shape.
    Select Area

  3. On the SmartArt Tools Design tab, in the Create Graphic group, click the Add Shape drop-down arrow.
    Add Shape

  4. Select whether to add the shape before, after, above, or below the currently selected shape. The Add Assistant option is only available if the SmartArt object is an organizational chart; otherwise, the option is disabled.
    Select Where to Add Shape

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