Modifying an Organizational Chart

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How to create an organizational chart in Word for Microsoft 365 see Using the Organizational Chart Tool. This tip is about how to change or modify an organizational chart in Word.

To change the hanging layout of your organizational chart in Word for Microsoft 365, do the following:

   1.   Click the shape in the organizational chart that you want to modify.

   2.   On the SmartArt Design tab, in the Create Graphic group, click Layout, and then choose one of the following:

SmartArt Layout in Word 365
  • To center all of the shapes below the selected shape, select the Standard item.
  • To center the selected shape above the shapes below it and arrange the shapes below it horizontally with two shapes in each row, select the Both item.
  • To arrange the selected shape to the right of the shapes below it and left-align the shapes below it vertically, select the Left Hanging item.
  • To arrange the selected shape to the left of the shapes below it and right-align the shapes below it vertically, select the Right Hanging item.

To apply a SmartArt style in Word for Microsoft 365 (a predefined combination of various effects, such as line style, bevel, or 3-D) to your organizational chart, follow the next steps:

   1.   Click the shape in the organizational chart that you want to modify.

   2.   On the SmartArt Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group, click the SmartArt Style that you want.

Note: When you place your pointer over a thumbnail, you can see how the SmartArt Style affects your SmartArt graphic.

To see more SmartArt Styles, click the More button:

SmartArt Styles in Word 365
More SmartArt Styles in Word 365

To use predefined format (the colors, line styles, and so on), on the SmartArt Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group, click the Change Colors:

SmartArt styles in Word 365

To change the parameters of shape, Word provides you with ample opportunity. Use buttons on the SmartArt Format tab:

SmartArt Format options in Word 365

To add a shape to your organizational chart, see Adding shapes into an Organizational chart.

See also this tip in French: Modification d'un organigramme.

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