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Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

Date Created: June 24th 2011
Last Updated: June 24th 2011


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to change the layout of your organization chart in PowerPoint 2010.






Once you have inserted an organization chart (org chart) within PowerPoint 2010, 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.

    Topmost shape in the org chart selected
    Figure 1: Topmost shape in the org chart selected

  2. 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 in Figure 2). Select the SmartArt Tools Design tab.

    SmartArt Tools Design tab selected in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected

  3. Within the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the Create Graphic group, then click the Layout button (highlighted in red in Figure 3).

    Layout button
    Figure 3: Layout button

  4. This brings up the Layout drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4.

    Layout drop-down gallery
    Figure 4: 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 2 above).

    • Both: Centers the selected shape above the subordinate shapes beneath, and arranges those shapes into two columns, as shown in Figure 5.

      Org chart with the Both layout applied
      Figure 5: Org chart with the Both layout applied

    • Left Hanging: Positions the subordinate shapes, flushed (hanging) beneath to the left (see Figure 6).

      Org chart with Left Hanging layout applied
      Figure 6: Org chart with Left Hanging layout applied

    • Right Hanging: Positions the subordinate shapes, flushed (hanging) beneath to the right, as shown in Figure 7.

      Org chart with Right Hanging layout applied
      Figure 7: Org chart with Right Hanging layout applied

You can switch between the sequencing of the shapes by click the Right to Left button (next to the Layout button, refer to Figure 3 above).

Figure 8 shows how the position of the shapes has changed -- compare the variant on the left with the variant on the right.

Shape positions change their sequence
Figure 8: Shape positions change their sequence

See Also:

Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 

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