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Video:How to Make a Family Tree Chart Using SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

with Brian Smith

SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows allows you to easily format a family tree. Watch this tutorial from About.com to learn how to edit shapes to create a customized family tree with SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Family Tree Chart Using SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Hello, I’m Brian Smith for About.com here to show you how to make a family tree using SmartArt in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. 

Formatting in PowerPoint for a Family Tree

For this session, I’m going to begin with the end in mind and show you what our family tree is going to look like when we’re done.  Consider this example as starting with a child showing the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. 

I’m going to start with a New, Blank presentation and change the layout of my slide to “Title and Content.”  Let’s change the Title Text to Brooke’s Family Tree.  Now, I’m going to click the SmartArt Icon in the body of the slide and select the Hierarchy category and to keep it simple for right now, I’m going to select the first Hierarchy style by double-clicking it.  This will give us a great foundation to start our tree. 

Modifying SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010

Since this is SmartArt, I’m just going to select on the outlines of the boxes I don’t need right now and delete them leaving us with a box for Brooke and her parents.  While I’m working with the shapes, I may just go ahead and add all my shapes then go back to add the names later. I’m going to show you two ways to add a new box to the family tree.

The first way, with the box highlighted that you want to add a box under, go up to Add Shape and I’m going to choose the option Add Shape Below to put a box underneath.  By clicking Add Shape again, it will add another underneath.  I can repeat this process by clicking on one of the boxes that will be a grandparent in order to add the great grandparents.

This time, I’m going to Right Click to get the short-cut menu, choose Add Shape and Add Shape Below just as we did before. Now that I have all the boxes with all the text, let's dress it up some by changing the women’s boxes to pink using SmartArt / Format / Shape Fill and picking Pink -- Changing the SmartArt / Design Style to Polished -- And adding a background image to our slide with a transparency setting of about 50%.  

There are tons of things you can do now to continue to change your family tree diagram so explore the many SmartArt options. Now you can get to work on your own family tree using SmartArt.  

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