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Tutorial for Arrow Variation 018 – Decision Arrows

Using Arrow Variation 018

Use these frameworks as an alternative to the typically seen text table with columns for pros and cons. This is a much more visual way to present the material. There are two sets of frameworks in this series: one for pros and cons and one for yes and no.

These are offered in PowerPoint download format only because of the layering: the arrows are behind the issues text field. Refer to the tutorial and animation example for for formatting tips.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework arrow variation, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Arrow Variations

Adjust size

The text is like WordArt, so you can group and size the graphics without having to change font sizes. If you'd like some other word instead of pros/cons and yes/no, just double click on the WordArt and start typing in the preferred word. You should probably make the words short for the sake of clarity, e.g., go and no go.

Color variations

Choose colors from your template's palette so the pros/cons framework blends with the rest of your document. Also, since there is overlaid text (pro/con/yes/no), be sure that you choose colors that maximize contrast between text and arrow/center box field. To color the text, choose a fill instead of a font color. Remember, the words are WordArt.

2007 options

When the fields are very close together, effects like glow and reflection don't work very well. Also the bevels do not work on the arrows, but that effect looks nice on the rectangles (left-hand example above). The shadows work very well (right-hand example above) – they lift the graphic off the page a bit. 3D or inner shadows work well, too (arrows in left-hand example above). Since the text is WordArt, you can apply all of the formatting effects to them as well.

3D variations

3D doesn't work well with this, unless the depths are very shallow. Also, if you want to keep the true color (instead of having the 3D effect dim and alter the color), apply a fill effect with two colors, and make both color choices s the same color that you want). Then you will get a 3D effect like the example above, without the muddy color.


Similar to 3D, shadows work with this only when they are very close to the object, as in the example above. Since the text is WordArt, you can apply shadows to them as well.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be used, but it's best to use them only on the rectangle text/issue field. Gradients used on the arrows are not as effective because of the large part of the arrow that is covered by the text/issue field. See the example above in the color section: it has a gradient applied. Also, you can add pictures or icons in the rectangle part of the framework.


Animate in orderly sequence. Bring the issue up first, then the pro (or con) and then the con (or the pro). Control with clicks.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV018 – Arrow Variation 018 – Decision Arrows

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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