Is there a way to resize boxes in PowerPoint smart art without all other boxes changing size?


I am designing org charts using PowerPoint 2010 (because they will need to be edited by people without design software) and it's becoming maddening.

I decided to use the smart art feature because it seemed flexible and easy at first. I'm using the hierarchy preset. When I resize a box, it resizes and even moves all or some of the others. The way it will react is unpredictable.

Is there a way to disable this feature so that I can resize boxes independently and still keep the good features of smart art, such as lines following the boxes when you move them.

I've contacted Microsoft and worked with one of their chat people and it led me to this:

Others have been unable to resolve this problem. Can SE do it? Thanks, Ian

3/3/2014 10:31:00 PM

I've found similar problems which I have been unable to resolve, and so have gone back to drawing organisation charts using plain old text boxes and connectors ("lines following the boxes when you move them" - usually Elbow or Elbow Arrow connectors)

Also, often I want to highlight a single box by filling it with a different colour from the others, which I don't think you can do with Smart Art org charts.

One thing that'll help is making sure your Grid and Guides are set to "Snap objects to other objects" and "Display smart guides when shapes are aligned".

9/3/2012 10:10:00 AM