Last updated 2020-08-04

To create an organization chart to show the reporting relationships between individuals and groups in your organization, you can chose from several methods.

Org chart

Depending on which Office 2013 program you want to use, here are your options:

Org chart tools

Applies to these Office 2013 programs


SmartArt Graphics

Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, or Word

SmartArt Graphics let you create professional looking org charts with pictures and include them in your email, worksheets, documents, and presentations. SmartArt graphics work best if your org chart has 30 or fewer shapes.

Free, online Org Chart templates


Get a head start on creating your next org chart, and download free, online org chart templates from These org chart templates are pre-designed for people who don’t have a lot of time to create and format their charts.


Visio (sold separately)

Visio provides you with the largest number of tools and the greatest flexibility for creating sophisticated org charts for your organization. It works well for small or large org charts up to 1000 shapes and can import data from Excel or Exchange Server.

For a starter template that allows you to create an organization chart in Excel without a Visio license see Organization chart from data.

For how-to information, see:

Organization Chart add-in for Office

Excel, PowerPoint, or Word

Organization Chart is an add-in for Office programs that you can install and then add a chart to your document, presentation, or worksheet. There haven’t been any significant updates to this add-in since its release in PowerPoint 1995, and there are no plans to add any functionality in the future.

Important : You cannot convert any new or existing org chart (created with the Organization Chart add-in) into a Smart Art graphic or Visio org chart.

To create an org chart using this add-in, install Organization Chart add-in for Office.

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