Excel create organization chart

This Excel tutorial explains how to create organization chart in Excel.

Different ways to create organization chart

Some companies use HR systems that have function to auto generate real time organization chart, some develop in house system to create organization chart automatically by pulling the HR database,  some companies draw the data from HR system and do it half manually using software (such as Visio), but most companies just do it all manually in Excel / Powerpoint.

In Microsoft Visio, you can import an excel file (just need employee name, manager name) to auto generate the full organization chart, Excel does not that function, you need to type the name in each box manually. There are people who build such Excel add-ins to sell for money but I would rather buy a Visio license.

Excel create organization chart

In Excel 2013, navigate to INSERT > SmartArt

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Select Hierarchy on the left, and then choose an organization chart you want. In this example, I choose Name and Title Organization Chart because I want to name the organization, also this type of organization has horizontal layout, meaning organization of the same level would be arranged horizontally.

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Now the chart is inserted with default layout.

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Right click on the chart > Show Text Pane
This is where we change the contents of the organization, and where we change the organization structure. Avoid changing the organization structure by dragging the box directly, because the adjustment will not be reset even if you change to a different layout design.

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Delete everything in Text Pane

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Type the positions in Text Pane as below. Three are three buttons you  have to know:

  • Press Enter to start a new row of the same level
  • Press Tab to change the organization to one level down
  • Press Shift+Tab to change the organization to one level up

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Continue to build a complex organization structure as you need

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You can change the format in the DESIGN and FORMAT tab

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Now lets try to change the IT Officer and IT Assistant organization to a vertical layout.
Click on the IT Manager box, navigate to DESIGN tab > Layout > Left Hanging

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The two positions under IT Manager are arranged vertically. I personally prefer the horizontal layout because it is clearer, but most people would do vertical layout because it saves the space.
You can select Standard to change the layout back to horizontal.

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Instead of converting the layout to vertical each by each, you can change the chart type to Organization Chart to change the whole chart to vertical layout.

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