You can build pyramid shapes using SmartArt, but there are some limitations to SmartArt I don’t like: can’t use other shapes (eg. circle, hexagon), text pop-up keeps appearing while you’re editing the smallest detail.
I generally like the look of custom-made shapes better. Here’s a couple of workarounds for creating rows of text inside a shape. Also check out Indezine for another workaround.
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