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How to Create a Family Tree in Microsoft PowerPoint



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A family tree is a hierarchical chart that describes the connection between members of a family. You can create your own family tree in PowerPoint using one of Microsoft’s many hierarchy-style SmartArt graphics. Here̵

7;s how.

Open PowerPoint and go to the “Insert” tab to get started.

In the ‘Illustrations’ group, click ‘SmartArt’.

The “Choose a SmartArt Graphic” window appears. In the left pane, click the “Hierarchy” tab.

You will now see a small collection of hierarchical SmartArt graphics. For standard family trees the option “Organigram” is ideal. However, you can choose which SmartArt graphic is best for you.

Select the chart you want to use by clicking on it.

Once selected, a preview and description of the graph will appear in the right pane. Click “OK” to insert the chart.

With the chart added to your presentation, you can start entering the names of the family members in each respective box. Do this by clicking the box and typing their name. The size of the text is automatically adjusted to the boxes.

You can delete boxes you don’t need by clicking the box to select it and then pressing the “Delete” key on your keyboard.

You can also add extra boxes below or above certain positions. To do this, mark the box by clicking on it.

Select box in box

Then click on the “Design” tab in the “SmartArt Tools” group.

In the “Create Image” group, click the arrow next to the “Add Shape” option.

A drop-down menu will appear. The option you select from the menu depends on where you want to place the box relative to the currently selected box. This is what each option does:

  • Add shape after: Adds a box to the right and at the same level of the selected box.
  • Pre-add shape: Adds a box to the left and at the same level of the selected box.
  • Add shape above: Adds a box above the selected box.
  • Add shape below: Adds a box below the selected box.
  • Add assistant: Adds a box between the level of the selected box and the level below it.

In this example, assuming our fictional character Bryon had a child, we would use the “Add shape below” option.

A box will now appear below our selected box.

Once the box is posted, enter the name of the respective family member. Repeat these steps until your family tree is complete.

You can also customize the design or change the color of the chart. Click on the chart to select it, then click on the “Design” tab. In the “SmartArt Styles” group, you will see a range of different styles to choose from, as well as the option to change colors.

Click the “Change Colors” option to display a drop-down menu, then select the color scheme that you like best.

Then choose a style you like from the setup in the “SmartArt Styles” group. We use the option “Bet”.

Your chart will have the selected color and style.

Play with the styles and colors until you find one that suits you best.


Creating a family tree is an exciting thing, but it is always a joint effort. You can ask family members to work with you on the presentation to make sure no family members are left out. And don’t forget to share the presentation with your family once the family tree is complete!




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