Create a Detailed Family Tree Chart in PowerPoint 2003

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Choose a Title and Content Slide Layout for the Family Tree Chart

Choose a PowerPoint slide layout for the family tree chart
Choose a PowerPoint slide layout for the family tree chart. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Note - For this tutorial in PowerPoint 2007 - Create a Family Tree Chart in PowerPoint 2007

Slide Layout for Family Tree Chart

In a new PowerPoint presentation, you will need to select a Title and Content slide layout.

  1. In the Slide Layout task pane on the right side of the screen, scroll to the section titled Content Layouts.
  2. Select one of the slide layouts. For this exercise, I have chosen the Title and Content slide layout.

If you would like to get right to adding your data to the family tree chart, check the shaded text box on page 10 of this tutorial. I have created a free family tree chart template for you to download and modify to suit your needs.

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Use the Organization Chart to Create Your Family Tree

Select the PowerPoint organization chart for the family tree
Select the PowerPoint organization chart for the family tree. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Organization Chart for Your Family Tree

The family tree chart is created using PowerPoint's organization chart.

  1. Click on the icon for Diagram or Organization Chart in the group of icons showing on the title and content slide.
  2. Click on the Organization Chart option from the six choices shown.
  3. Click OK.

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Delete Extra Shape Boxes from Your Family Tree Chart

Delete shapes on PowerPoint family tree chart
Delete shapes on PowerPoint family tree chart. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Delete Extra Shapes from the Family Tree Chart

  1. Add text in the shapes for members of your family.
  2. To delete any shapes that are unnecessary for your family tree, simply click on the border of the shape.
  3. Press the Delete key on the keyboard.

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Add Additional Members to Your Family Tree Chart

Add subordinates to PowerPoint family tree chart
Add subordinates to PowerPoint family tree chart. screen shot © Wendy Russell

More Descendants in the Family Tree Chart

To add additional members to your family tree -

  1. Click on the border of the shape to which you want to add a descendant or other member.
  2. On the Organization Chart toolbar, click the drop down arrow beside Insert Shape.

  • Subordinate - This will place a new shape below the currently selected shape. Use this option for a child of the selected member.
  • Coworker - Use this option for a sibling of the selected member. Coworker is not an available option when the highest member box is selected.
  • Assistant - Use this option for a spouse of the selected member.

Note - The Organization Chart toolbar will only appear when you have selected the chart or any object within the chart.

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Resize the Text Inside the Shapes of the Family Tree Chart

Fit text into shapes in PowerPoint family tree chart
Fit text into shapes in PowerPoint family tree chart. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Fit Text in Shapes

You will probably notice that your text is too large for the shape. The text can be resized all at one time.

  1. Select the family tree chart or any object within the chart.
  2. Click the Fit Text button on the organization chart toolbar.

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Change the Colors of the Family Tree Chart Objects

Autoformat PowerPoint organization chart family tree
Autoformat PowerPoint organization chart family tree. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Show Different Generations in the Family Tree Chart

Change the look of your family tree chart by using the PowerPoint Autoformat button. Using this option will allow you to color code the different generations of your family tree.

  1. Click in a blank area of the family tree chart to select it.
  2. Click the Autoformat button on the organization chart toolbar.
  3. Click on a variety of options in the list to see a preview of that option.
  4. Select the color option that suits your needs and then click OK.

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Change Additional Colors in the Family Tree Chart

Remove Autoformat from PowerPoint organization chart family tree
Remove Autoformat from PowerPoint organization chart family tree. screen shot © Wendy Russell

More Color Options

Once you have used the Autoformat option for the family tree chart, you may still wish to make additional color changes to some of the member boxes. To do this you must remove the setting to use Autoformat, before you can apply new color changes.

  1. Right click anywhere in the family tree chart.
  2. There will be a check mark beside Use Autoformat in the shortcut menu. Click on this option. This will remove the Autoformat feature, but will still retain the color choice you have made earlier. You will now be able to recolor the shapes manually.

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Recolor Shapes in the Family Tree Chart

Format Autoshapes in PowerPoint organization chart family tree
Format Autoshapes in PowerPoint organization chart family tree. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Change Colors of Shapes in the Family Tree Chart

  1. Click on the border of the shape. To select more than one shape for this change, hold down the Shift key while you click on the border of each additional shape. This will allow more than one shape to be selected.
  2. Right click on one of the selected objects.
  3. Click on Format AutoShape... in the shortcut menu.

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Select the Color of Your Choice for Family Tree Chart Objects

Format Autoshapes in PowerPoint family tree chart
Format Autoshapes in PowerPoint family tree chart. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Select Color and Line Type Choices

  1. In the Format AutoShape dialog box, select a new color and/or line type for the selected shape(s).
  2. Click OK.

The new colors will be applied to the shapes you had previously selected.

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The Completed Family Tree Chart

Family tree chart in PowerPoint
Family tree chart in PowerPoint. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Family Tree Chart Sample

This sample family tree chart shows the different generations from one branch of this family tree.

Download a free family tree chart template and modify to suit your own family tree.

Next - Add a Watermark to the Family Tree Chart Background