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Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: November 2nd 2011
Last Updated: November 2nd 2011


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to add more shapes to an existing Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2011.






Once you insert an organization chart in PowerPoint 2011, you might find that the shapes available are not sufficient for your requirements, and you may want to add some more shapes to your org chart. The default org chart that PowerPoint places has very few shapes -- also you may need more hierarchy levels for the new shapes you want to add. Fortunately, you can make these additions and edits with just a click or two. Follow these steps to start adding more shapes and hierarchy levels to your org charts in PowerPoint 2011:

  1. Select your existing org chart, and select an shape within the org chart to add a new shape in relation to the selected shape, as you can see in Figure 1.

    Shape selected within the Organization Chart
    Figure 1: Shape selected within the Organization Chart

  2. Right-click the selected shape to bring up a contextual menu. From this menu, choose the Add Shape option, as shown in Figure 2. This opens a sub-menu with five options to add a new shape (refer to Figure 2 again).

    Add Shape sub-menu provides options to add a new shape to org charts
    Figure 2: Add Shape sub-menu provides options to add a new shape to org charts

    Depending on the original shape you selected, all options in the Add Shape sub-menu may not be available. For example, if you select the topmost shape in your org chart, you will find that the Add Shape Above option may be grayed.

    Add Shape sub-menu options are explained below:

    • Add Shape After: To insert a shape at the same hierarchy level as the selected shape (to create an adjacent shape), click the Add Shape After option (see Figure 2). This works best when you want to add another person at the same organizational level as the shape you selected -- the new shape is placed to the right of the original shape as shown in Figure 3.

      Shape added after the selected Shape
      Figure 3: Shape added after the selected Shape

    • Add Shape Before: To insert a shape at the same hierarchy level as the selected shape (again creates another shape adjacent to the selected shape), click the Add Shape Before option (see Figure 2). This works best when you want to add another person at the same organizational level as the shape you selected -- the new shape is placed to the left of the original shape (see Figure 4).

      Shape added before the selected Shape
      Figure 4: Shape added before the selected Shape

    • Add Shape Above: To insert a shape one hierarchy level above the selected shape, click the Add Shape Above option (see Figure 2). This option adds the new shape in the position of the existing, selected shape. Also, the existing shape then moves down to a new hierarchy level, as you can see in Figure 5.

      Shape added above the selected Shape
      Figure 5: Shape added above the selected Shape

    • Add Shape Below: To insert a shape one hierarchy level below the selected shape, click the Add Shape Below option (see Figure 2). This option adds a new shape in the hierarchy level below the selected shape. If a shape already existed in the hierarchy level below the selected shape, this option adds a new independent, hierarchy level (see Figure 6).

      Shape added below the selected Shape
      Figure 6: Shape added below the selected Shape

    • Add Shape Assistant: To place an assistant shape below the selected shape, select the Add Shape Assistant option (see Figure 2). This inserts a shape which is placed at an intermediate level, but lower than the selected shape (see Figure 7). Do remember that the Assistant option has no real hierarchy level since these posts (such as a secretary) are often linked to the shape (such as the boss), for whom they are the assistants. So a secretary to the Vice President of a company remains his or her secretary when the Vice President is promoted to become the President.

      Shape added as Assistant of the selected Shape
      Figure 7: Shape added as Assistant of the selected Shape
  3. Save your presentation.

Tip: To delete a shape within an org chart, just select the shape you want to remove and press the Delete key on your keyboard.


See Also:

Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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