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Ribbon Flows 012

Pivot Arrows

These arrows and circles can be used three ways:

  1. As shown in the series example, which employs the layout to present a group of activities. The flow is not important.
  2. A step-by-step flow the emphasizes the pivot points (circles). This would be a flow that is highly susceptible to external influences.
  3. A step-by-step flow that emphasizes the process. The flow is important, as well as the start point and the end point.

Customizing the pivot arrows

Adjust size

You can group the framework and rescale the entire framework by holding the shift key down as you resize. You can adjust the size of the circles by selecting all of the circles and then resizing them all at once so that they are consistent. You can also adjust the size of the arrows. The arrows are lines with an arrow end, so you can select any width you wish for the lines and adjust the size of the arrows as well.

Color variations

Color the arrows by changing the line color. The circles can be recolored by applying a different fill color. Choose colors from your template color palette.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Drop shadows are nice with this framework. If the group is not going to be animated, you can group the whole framework and apply a reflection to it, which looks nice. If it is going to be animated, group the parts that are to be animated in the same sequence and apply the reflection to each group.

3D variations

3D makes this framework look a little clunky; but if you must use 3D, make sure that the depth is shallow.


Drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 only. Don't use the drop shadows in 2003.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

All types of formatting is fine with these frameworks. See the series example: the circles have imported photographs.


Simple reveals are best with this type of framework.

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