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Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to change the layout of your organization chart in PowerPoint 2013.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

OS: Windows 7 and higher






Once you have inserted an organization chart (org chart) within PowerPoint 2013, you might need to change the layout of the org chart. The "layout" means how the subordinate levels in the hierarchy branch out from top to bottom -- probably you want all subordinates flushed to the left, hanging to the right, or distributed evenly across a horizontal plane -- you will learn more about how this works in this tutorial:

  1. Select the top most shape in your existing org chart, as shown in Figure 1. As you may notice, selecting any or all parts of the org chart activates two contextual tabs on the Ribbon: these are the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs (highlighted in red within Figure 1). Select the SmartArt Tools Design tab.

    SmartArt Tools Design tab
    Figure 1: SmartArt Tools Design tab
  2. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, click the Layout button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Layout button
    Figure 2: Layout button
  3. This brings up the Layout drop-down gallery, that you can see in Figure 3.

    Layout drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Layout drop-down gallery

    The options within Layout drop-down gallery are explained below:

    Standard: Centers all the shapes below selected shape in a horizontal plane (refer to Figure 1, shown earlier on this page).

    Both: Centers the selected shape above the subordinate shapes beneath, and arranges those shapes into two columns, as shown in Figure 4.

    Org chart with the Both layout applied
    Figure 4: Org chart with the Both layout applied

    Left Hanging: Positions the subordinate shapes, flushed (hanging) beneath the selected shape, towards left (see Figure 5).

    Org chart with Left Hanging layout applied
    Figure 5: Org chart with Left Hanging layout applied

    Right Hanging: Positions the subordinate shapes, flushed (hanging) beneath the selected shape, towards right, as shown in Figure 6.

    Org chart with Right Hanging layout applied
    Figure 6: Org chart with Right Hanging layout applied
  4. You can switch between the sequencing of the shapes by click the Right to Left button (next to the Layout button, highlighted in blue within Figure 2 shown earlier on this page).

    Figure 7 shows how the position of the shapes has changed -- compare the variant on the top with the variant on the bottom.

    Shape positions change their sequence
    Figure 7: Shape positions change their sequence
  5. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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