How to Create a Family Tree in PowerPoint – Tutorial

Students in school are often given assignments wherein they are encouraged to write or draw diagrams about their family. Family tree is a very popular diagram which is used for this purpose. Certain projects come about wherein family tree diagrams are considered as very handy. If you’ve been asked to make a PowerPoint Presentation and incorporate a family tree diagram, we have got just the templates that you should use. These are, downloadable and customizable. You can also see Family Tree Templates.

Once you have the names on your family tree, you can the start digging even deeper to find more information about the characters in the family tree. Microsoft has an amazing tool that helps you in generating family trees which come in different templates to help you uncover your history. Thanks to Microsoft’s PowerPoint tools, you can easily create a sample family tree chart that will comprise of all members of your family.

You can choose to make it easy or complicated as you prefer. Follow the steps below to create amazing family tree for your entire generation:

Step 1: Open a New PowerPoint File and choose a Layout for your Chart

Click on the Start button, move your cursor to all programs. Select Microsoft Office and choose Microsoft PowerPoint. A new Microsoft PowerPoint file will be opened. Click File from the main menu and the Save.

Click on the home tab and in the slides section, select Title and Content to select your ideal layout.

Insert your preferred graphics, as shown in the screenshot.

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Step 2: Choose a SmartArt Graphic

In the SmartArt graphics icon, click on Hierarchy option on the list in the left pane. SmartArt graphics are used by many people and companies in presenting their information.

Click on the first option in the hierarchy group. When making family trees, the first option is the best as it enables you to add an assistant. An assistant in this case, will represent a spouse.

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Step 3: Open SmartArt Tools

Click on the ribbon to launch the SmartArt Tools that will help you in selecting the best options for your family tree.

Open-SmartArt-tools

Step 4: Add Members to the Family Tree

In the boxes available in the hierarchy group, type the names of the family members. The size and font will adjust itself as you type the names. To add a new member in the Microsoft Family Tree means adding a new box. To achieve this:

Click on the Border of a particular shape where you want to add a new box.

A drop down menu will appear, click on Add Shape button to select from the various options where you want to add the shape.

It is necessary that you add new boxes each time you want to add a new member of the family. Also make sure that all shapes resemble the parent shape to avoid confusion and enhance uniformity.

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Step 5: Open a Text Box to Enter and Edit Texts

Click on the insert tab on the ribbon in case it has not been selected. Then click on the Text Box icon to draw your favorite text box. Once all this has been done, you can comfortably type the appropriate text.

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Step 6: Create a Nice Background for your Family Tree

Clip arts and photographs are mostly used in the background for PowerPoint presentations. The photo or clip art you use for the family tree will be stretched to fit in all your slides. Change the settings to make sure that the background picture or clip artfits well and the effects are taken care of.

create a nice background for your family tree

Step 7: Go through the Entire Family Tree to check for Errors or Missing Details

This helps in making sure that all the details have been entered correctly and no mistake has been made. Once you cross check the family tree click the save button to save the family tree.

by Irshad Shaik

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