Graphics in Word 2016
Microsoft Word (like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint) proposes tools to create and update organizational charts, but only for the hierarchical organizations (a hierarchical organization is an organizational structure where every entity in the organization, except the root, is a subordinate to a single other entity).
Sometimes you need to reassign some positions in the organizational chart from one place to another. Word isn’t a really convenient application for organizational charts as Excel, but you have some possibilities to do that.
Every time you add, move or resize shapes (e.g., flowchart shapes), and very soon it becomes tedious to align them. Fortunately, Microsoft Word proposes Gridlines that can help to organize shapes and other objects in your document.
When you create the process flow chart, process map, business flow diagram or data flow diagrams and UML activity diagrams you often need to add some text or labels to the connectors. Unlike many other free and commercial diagram drawing packages, Microsoft Office shapes provide extremely rich text formatting features.
Most process flow diagrams and workflow charts use elbow connectors for connecting process stages and elements, but too many connecting lines of the same type give your chart a messy look. Fortunately, you can combine different connector types that represent semantically different transitions.
Business process charts like employee routines, document preparation and approval, or online user navigation path on a website or a Web store are different from academic flows of algorithms. Usually academic applications use a limited number of standard shape types, but in business, different shapes give a better look and simplify understanding. However, it is hard to decide which shape is appropriate for the specific block.
The Format tab of the Drawing Tools toolbar provides a plenty of options for customization of the shape outline, background and text settings. Also, here you can change spacing and size for multiple shapes at once.
A flowchart or flow chart usually shows steps of the task, process or workflow. There are many different SmartArt templates predefined in Microsoft Word that you can use to make a flowchart, including visually appealing templates with pictures. However, if you have a process with a complex flow or you need a custom layout it is better to build a flowchart using rectangular, diamond, round and other box types.