How to create or make an organization chart in OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is, perhaps, one of the best free office suite- style software that currently exists on the market, since it has an extremely varied number of tools that allow the user to create quality work, very much on the same level as paid and recognized in the world of computing.

The creation possibilities with OpenOffice are only limited by your imagination, or your needs, depending on what you use this software for. For example, your word processor, OpenOffice Writer, has a dictionary, a spelling and grammar checker; also allows export to PDF and XHTML formats

These last features, without the need for complementary programs, like another of the elements that make it up, OpenOffice Calc, its powerful spreadsheet book, which has the ability to manage up to 1024 columns of information, form tables, and make stunning graphics.

Then there is OpenOffice Impress, your program for visual presentations, putting at your disposal various transition effects, as well as special movement effects . And finally, we have OpenOffice Draw, the graphic drawing tool with bitmap and vector image support.

Among the most outstanding features of this application, is that it gives us perspective tools, shading and the ability to adjust the lighting, as well as easily create flowcharts and organization charts, which makes it an exceptional application to carry out work organized and visually appealing.

It is worth rescuing the ability of OpenOffice to make flowcharts in two of its components, Writer and Draw . An organization chart is a graphic representation of how a company, a cooperative, a school, or any non-profit organization is constituted.

The function of the organization charts is to inform new employees how the process should be when requesting a permit, who to contact if you have a question, which departments are on par, and in turn how they are constituted; It is also used for an organizational analysis , since it allows detecting structural failures, showing how each department is interrelated.

Organization Chart in Writer

Open a new document in Writer, and then click on the tools that appear in the “Tie” menu at the bottom, this will allow you to adjust the background for your symbols. In the upper toolbar select between “Invisible”, “Color” for a solid color or “Gradient” for one or more colors.

After this, draw a start symbol, selecting the oval tool in the lower drawing bar, once you have finished, it will be automatically filled with the color you have selected. Place the cursor inside the figure , and drag to position it as you wish, finally anchor to the page.

Add the text by clicking on the ” T ” symbol , then copy and paste the original figure so that they all have the same size, change the text of each one, and connect using the “ellipse” key while pressing Shift. Draw directional arrows between each symbol by selecting the “Line” tool from the drawing toolbar.

Click on “Line”, followed by the button ” Line Style “, “Symmetrical Line”, “OK”, this process will allow you to add lines that interconnect your organization chart. You must anchor all the elements to the sheet, and in this way you will have a perfectly functional organization chart.

Organization chart in Draw

If we use the OpenOffice design tool , our work will be much simpler and more elegant, starting with the following advice: when making your organization chart, use color progressions to indicate the hierarchy, from dark to lightest, always taking take into account the color of the background and the text.

Then prepare a draft on a grid, as this will allow you to make guidelines when pointing out the different levels of hierarchy. If we use a rectangle, we must consider the correct width at each level, and as in Writer, copy and paste each rectangle to avoid setting the size each time.

Activate the button “ABC” from the toolbar, and then “Options” to insert the text; You can also use the F2 key, and the cursor will blink inside the sheet. Adjust the text format, and apply the fill colors, finally, use the connectors to follow.


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