How to Arch on PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

PowerPoint helps you arrange chart elements into set shapes.
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An arch in a PowerPoint chart displays components of an organization or process. For example, you can arrange an arch of shapes that each represent one department in your company. PowerPoint lets you drag shapes into any arrangement that you choose, but you can also create your arch using the program's SmartArt feature. SmartArt can position shapes into a perfect circle, and if you hide half of the resulting diagram, an arch will remain.

Click "SmartArt" in the ribbon's Insert tab to open the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box.

Scroll through the SmartArt thumbnails and double-click "Continuous Cycle" to add a SmartArt graphic to your slide.

Click "Add Shape" in the Design tab's Edit Graphic group until the graphic is twice as large as it needs to be. For example, to create an arch with eight shapes, click "Add Shape" until the circle contains 16 shapes.

Right-click a shape and click "Format Shape." Drag the Transparency slider all the way to the right and click "OK."

Repeat the previous step with half of the shapes to create an arch.

Click each of the arch's shapes and type labels. Format the shapes with the ribbon's Format tab.