Org Charts in Microsoft Office®
You can create a simple organization chart using the SmartArt tool in Word®, Excel® or PowerPoint®. Just select SmartArt from the Insert Ribbon.
Microsoft Office® SmartArt works reasonably well for small charts but quickly becomes unreadable and cumbersome for normal-sized charts.
Because Microsoft Office® cannot format the lower positions in the chart in columns, it takes up so much horizontal space that the text becomes unreadable. SmartDraw offers much more flexibility and polish than SmartArt. SmartDraw automatically builds the top row horizontally, but the positions reporting to those managers are listed vertically. SmartDraw also makes it much easier to move shapes after you have created them. To do this in Office®, you must show the text outline and cut and copy the text inside the box to another row.
For anything but the simplest chart, SmartDraw is a much more convenient solution for creating organization charts.
Like the Transfer to Word command, the Transfer to Excel command inserts an image your SmartDraw document at the currently selected cell of your open Excel® spreadsheet. If Excel® is not running, the command opens a new spreadsheet and inserts the image in the top left corner.
Using SmartDraw to create your org chart and then transferring it to an Office® file will not only save hours of time and effort, but you'll be rewarded with a professional-looking result, as well.