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How do I rotate (90 degrees) a SmartArt Graphic or chart in Microsoft PowerPoint or Excel?

I'm trying to show rotating spheres that when lined up, provide a topic for an intro, body and conclusion (writing prompt).

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In PowerPoint, click the graphic to select it. A circular green "selection handle" should appear above the graphic. Use that to drag it to any angle you like (hold SHIFT down to constrain it to 15 degree increments).

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Right click the graphic and choose Size and Position or Format (depending on the version of PowerPoint ... hint: it's always a good idea to mention what version) and you can specify the rotation numerically.

I don't believe you can rotate smart art, but once you're certain it's the way you want it, you can select it, press Ctrl+C to copy it, then Paste Special as PNG to insert a picture of the smart art, which can be rotated as above.

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Does this work for SmartArt Graphics? –  wizlog Nov 6 '11 at 18:03
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As I said, "I don't believe you can rotate smart art, but once you're certain it's the way you want it, you can select it, press Ctrl+C to copy it, then Paste Special as PNG to insert a picture of the smart art, which can be rotated as above." –  Steve Rindsberg Nov 7 '11 at 16:05
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