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Org charts A to Z

Organization chart
Use the Microsoft Office diagramming tool to create an organization chart in Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003. Build and lay out a chart, style it effectively, and get editing tips that'll help you adapt it.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Build an org chart hierarchy and fill in names.
  • Use vertical and horizontal layouts for optimal scanning.
  • Color-code the chart by levels and add professional styles.
  • Use AutoShapes and connectors to adapt the chart to your org's needs.

If you need to include an org chart in a slide show, consider creating the chart right in PowerPoint. The ideal PowerPoint org chart is one that's fairly flat in structure—having a small number of people at each level. You might also show your org in several parts, putting charts on separate slides.

An advantage to doing your chart in PowerPoint is that the chart uses the color scheme of the slide it's on, and the colors update automatically when you use a different scheme.

This course guides you through building an org chart, styling it, and changing its structure. For more details, read this page fully. Then click the Next button to start the first lesson.

Note     If your chart is going to be large, with a complex layout, you might want to create it in Microsoft Visio®, a more powerful charting tool, and then use it in PowerPoint. For more details, see the Quick Reference Card at the end of the course.

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