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5. Templates and Outlines > 47. Use an Outline to Build an Org Chart

Use an Outline to Build an Org Chart

Word’s outlining feature excels at managing hierarchical information. This hack shows you how to use an outline to create an organizational chart on the fly.

Maintaining a company’s organizational charts can be a time-consuming task. Word does include a Diagram feature that makes it easy to create an organizational chart (select InsertDiagram), but editing charts can be a real challenge, particularly after any substantial reorganization.

Unfortunately, the macro recorder ignores diagrams, which removes a valuable tool for deciphering unfamiliar Word objects. But you can still automate diagrams—you just need to decipher the Diagram object on your own. The code in this hack should give you a good starting point.


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