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Q1:I liked the old Org Chart that was an add-in program, like Microsoft Graph. Can I still use that Org Chart program in this version of PowerPoint?
A1: Sorry, but no. If you bring an older org chart into the new PowerPoint, it will be automatically converted into the new Org Chart diagram object. There's been no way to work with the older program since PowerPoint XP.
Q2:I don't understand the difference between AutoFormat and AutoLayout. Can you help?
A2: AutoLayout is about where objects fit or exist on the slide; AutoFormat is how they appear. In the Org Chart and Diagram objects, AutoLayout is used to confine or expand the diagram to a spatial area and allow other elements to eventually be added to the slide. When other elements are added in a way that might need to be readjusted, a Smart Tag should appear that enables you to have it done automatically (using AutoLayout) or turn it off so that you can resize and move the objects manually.

The AutoFormat button on the Diagram toolbar opens the Style Gallery, which enables you to apply a complete new look to the diagram. To customize your diagram, you have to right-click its border and turn off AutoFormat to change aspects of individual objects, such as their transparency.

Q3:Is there any way to put a picture into one of the diagram objects, like in the circles of a radial diagram or the base of a pyramid?
A3: What are you, a wise guy or something? There doesn't seem to be any way to make an image part of a diagram, as we did with the text box. But you can copy and paste (or insert) an image over part of your diagram to make it look as if it belongs there.

However, be advised that you should test this slide thoroughly because the elements can move out of position, particularly if you eventually show the slide at a different screen resolution.


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