K5 Computer Lab and Bright Hub offer free templates to create a family tree in Microsoft Office. The templates are downloadable in Microsoft Word and Excel formats.
Users can download a template on the K5 Computer Lab and Bright Hub websites and type the names of their relatives in the premade shapes. A person should right-click a shape and choose “add text” when using K5 Computer Lab's template for Microsoft Word. The layout is available in a landscape design, and its size and fonts instantly change to fit the document when boxes are cut or added. A person can pick from various tree colors to personalize the design. Smaller font sizes should be used when adding long names as there is limited space.
Bright Hub provides a SmartArt family tree template in an Excel format. Microsoft’s SmartArt graphics enables users to accommodate more names and add shapes by clicking the Design section under SmartArt Tools. The tree’s colors and appearance can also be customized through the Change Colors and SmartArt Styles tools.
BrightHub’s family tree template for Word also features a SmartArt layout that allows a person to insert images of family members into the family tree. The sample text should be double-clicked to type a new name. Adding a picture involves clicking on the picture placeholder in the middle of a shape.