How to Create an Outline for a Family Tree on Microsoft Word

Written by garrett genet
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"Microsoft Word" comes with a staggering variety of options a user may use to create documents for practically any application. Creating an outline for a family tree can be created simply and quickly by using the "SmartArt" option in "Microsoft Word". All you need to do is select a graphics style and then fill in each appropriate box. The program will adjust the relationships in a hierarchy accordingly with the graphical output you chose.

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  1. 1

    Start "Microsoft Word."

  2. 2

    Click the "Insert" tab.

  3. 3

    Click "SmartArt" and then select "Hierarchy."

  4. 4

    Select the graphical style in which you want to organise your family tree and press "OK."

  5. 5

    Click the side menu next to the default image to open the outline format. This is a tab that has two arrows pointing in opposite directions.

  6. 6

    Type the names of each couple on their own single bullet point.

    If you want to create another line simply press "Enter."

    To adjust a line's placement in the hierarchy use the "Tab" key to move the entry deeper into the tree. Adversely, to move a line higher up the tree hold the "Shift" key and then press "Tab."

  7. 7

    Save your file periodically while you work on your outline.

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