Make a Family Tree in PowerPoint 2003 Using the Organization Chart

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Select a Content Layout Slide for Your Family Tree

Content Layout slides in Microsoft PowerPoint
Content Layout slides in Microsoft PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

A Simple Family Tree

This exercise is great for young children to create a simple family tree of their immediate family. PowerPoint's Organization Chart is used in a fun way to integrate technology into the classroom.

Note - For a more detailed family tree chart, use one of these two tutorials.

Open a new PowerPoint presentation file. From the main menu, choose File > Save and save the presentation as Family Tree.

In the Title text box of the first slide, enter [Your Last Name] Family Tree and type by [Your Name] in the Subtitle text box.

Add a new slide to the presentation.

Choose A Content Layout Slide

  1. In the Slide Layout task pane shown on the right side of the screen, scroll to the section called Content Layouts if it is not already in view. Decide if you want a title on this page or not.
     
  2. Choose the appropriate slide layout type from the list. (You can always change your mind later).
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Use the PowerPoint Organization Chart for the Family Tree

Double click to start the Diagram Gallery in Microsoft PowerPoint
Double click to start the Diagram Gallery. © Wendy Russell
Start the Diagram or Organization Chart Gallery

Hover your mouse over the icons to find theDiagram or Organization Chart icon. Double click to start up the Diagram Gallery in PowerPoint, which contains 6 different chart type options. We will choose one of these options for the Family Tree.

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Select the Organization Chart in the Diagram Gallery

Choose the chart layout in Microsoft PowerPoint for the family tree
Choose default Organization Chart layout for the family tree. © Wendy Russell
Diagram Gallery Dialog Box

The Diagram Gallery dialog box offers 6 different chart types. By default, the organization chart is the one selected. Other options include Cycle diagram, Radial diagram, Pyramid diagram, Venn diagram and Target diagram.

Leave the default option selected and click the OK button to begin to create the family tree.

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Delete Extra Text Boxes in Organization Chart

Delete text boxes except the main text box
Delete text boxes except the main text box. © Wendy Russell
Making Changes to the Organization Chart

Delete all colored text boxes except the main box at the top. Make sure to click on the borders of those text boxes, followed by the Delete key. If you click the mouse inside the text box, rather than the border, PowerPoint assumes you want to add or edit the text in the text box.

You will notice that the text size increases in the boxes, each time you delete a text box. This is quite normal.

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Add Extra Text Boxes and Your Family Name

Add an Assistant text box in the Organization Chart in Microsoft PowerPoint
Add an Assistant text box in the Organization Chart. © Wendy Russell
Add the Assistant Text Box Type

Click in the remaining text box and type [Your Last Name] Family Tree. Notice that when a text box is selected, the Organization Chart toolbar appears. This toolbar contains options pertaining to the text boxes.

While the Family Tree text box is still selected, click on the drop-down arrow of the Insert Shape option. Choose Assistant and a new text box will appear on the screen. Repeat this to add a second Assistant. These text boxes will be used to add your parents' names.

Note - Since the Organization Chart is primarily used in the business world, the words Assistant and Subordinate do not really reflect their usage in this project. However, we need to use those types of text boxes to attain the look we want in this Family Tree.

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Add Your Parents' Names to the Family Tree

Add names of parents to family tree text boxes in the Organization Chart
Add names of parents to family tree text boxes in the Organization Chart. © Wendy Russell
Add Parents to the Family Tree

Add your Mother's first name and Maiden name in one text box. Add your Dad's first and last name in the other text box of the family tree.

If any of the text boxes are too long for the box, click the Fit Text button on the Organization Chart toolbar.

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Subordinate Text Boxes for the Siblings in the Family Tree

Use Subordinate boxes in Organization Chart for the family tree
Use Subordinate boxes to add names of siblings to the family tree. © Wendy Russell
Add Siblings to the Family Tree

Select the main Family Tree text box by clicking on the border.

Using the Organization Chart toolbar, click on the drop-down arrow beside the Insert Shape option. Choose Subordinate. Repeat this for each sibling in the family. Add the names of your siblings in these text boxes.

Note - If you have no siblings, perhaps you might want to add a pet's name to the family tree.

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Use the Autoformat Option to Dress Up the Family Tree

Autoformat the family tree
Autoformat the family tree. © Wendy Russell
Autoformat Options for the Family Tree

Click anywhere in your chart to activate the Organization Chart toolbar.

The Autoformat button on the right side of the toolbar will open the Organization Chart Style Gallery .

Click on the different options and the preview will show you how your family tree will look.

Select an option and click on the OK button to apply this design to your family tree.

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Create Your Own Color Scheme for the Family Tree

Format AutoShape dialog box. Make color and line type changes here for the family tree.
Format AutoShape dialog box. Make color and line type changes here for the family tree. © Wendy Russell
Change Text Box Colors and Line Types

The Autoformat is a great tool to quickly format your Organization Chart. However, if the colors and line types are not to your liking you can quickly change these.

Note - If you have already applied an Autoformat color scheme, you will need to return the color scheme to the default settings.

  • Click the Autoformat button again
  • Choose Default as the Autoformat type
  • Click OK
Apply Your Own Color Choices

Double click on any text box that you wish to change. The Format AutoShape dialog box appears. In this dialog box, you may make several changes at the same time -- such as line type and text box color.

Tip - In order to apply changes to more than one text box at a time, hold the Shift key on the keyboard while you click on the border of each text box you want to change. Apply the changes you wish to make. Any new changes you choose will be applied to all of these text boxes.

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Sample Colors for the PowerPoint Family Tree

Color schemes for the PowerPoint family tree
Color schemes for the PowerPoint family tree. © Wendy Russell
Two Different Looks

Here are two different examples of the looks you can achieve for your family tree, by creating your own color scheme or by using the Autoformat feature in the PowerPoint Organization Chart.

Save your family tree.

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Russell, Wendy. "Make a Family Tree in PowerPoint 2003 Using the Organization Chart." ThoughtCo, Jun. 14, 2017, thoughtco.com/family-tree-in-powerpoint-organization-chart-2766915. Russell, Wendy. (2017, June 14). Make a Family Tree in PowerPoint 2003 Using the Organization Chart. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/family-tree-in-powerpoint-organization-chart-2766915 Russell, Wendy. "Make a Family Tree in PowerPoint 2003 Using the Organization Chart." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/family-tree-in-powerpoint-organization-chart-2766915 (accessed November 21, 2017).