How to Create Matrices in PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

Use SmartArt matrices to express business concepts.
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PowerPoint matrices are diagrams that consist of four quadrants. The quadrants represent factors, processes or departments that relate to a central concept or to one another. For example, if a presentation describes four of your company's teams that are working on projects, you can depict the teams graphically using a matrix. You can create matrices manually by arranging individual shapes, but PowerPoint can also create matrices automatically in the form of SmartArt graphics.

Navigate to the PowerPoint slide that will feature the matrix.

Click "SmartArt" in the ribbon's Insert tab to open the SmartArt Graphics dialog box.

Click "Matrix" in the dialog box's left column.

Click one of the four matrices in the dialog box's central column -- for example, click the thumbnail for "Grid Matrix."

Click "OK" to create the matrix.

Click each of the matrix's quadrants and type a label.


Optionally, format the quadrants' colors and borders using the ribbon's Format tab.