Consolidating Charts

How to create a streamlined company-wide org chart

In this view of the month, you’ll learn to combine several individual department charts into a single, comprehensive organizational chart.

Step 1: Create an OrgTree file. The OrgTree is an organizational chart of org units (departments). It serves as a map telling OrgPlus how to combine the individual charts.

– Click the File tab and select New.

– Click to select the Blank project option, and click OK.

– Create a chart with a hierarchy that reflects how you want to display your consolidated charts.

– In the first field of each box enter the name of each OrgUnit (department). In the example below, six department charts will be consolidated: Executive, Sales, Finance, Operations, Editorial, and Human Resources.

Department Organizational Chart

– Click the File tab and select Save As.

– Name the file (for example, OrgTree) and click Save.

Step 2: Combine the charts.

– Make sure that all OrgPlus files are located in the same directory and that each file name corresponds to a box in the OrgTree file.

– Click the Data tab and select Consolidation from the Tools section.

Consolidation toolbar button

– Use the Browse… button in OrgTree file area to select the OrgTree file.

Org Chart Consolidation Dialog Box

– Use the Browse… button in Chart directory area to select the directory containing the chart files.

– Use the checkboxes to select chart options:

  • Insert sub-charts breaks: Sub-chart breaks are automatically inserted based the OrgTree file. Uncheck "Insert sub-charts breaks" if you do not want sub-chart breaks inserted into your chart.

  • Ignore fields not in the first file: By default, any fields that are not defined in the first file (the top of your OrgTree) are excluded. To include fields defined in files other than the first file, uncheck the "Ignore Fields not in the first file" checkbox.

  • Use first file as template: Check this box to apply the first chart's layout and design to the new consolidated chart.

  • Match records using field: Check this box to designate a field as the primary key for matching records that appear in more than one chart. For example, if an employee record appears in more than one of the charts that you are consolidating, it is possible that the fields of that record differ from one chart to another. By selecting this checkbox and entering a field name, such as EMPLOYEE_ID, you can ensure that the consolidated chart does not contain duplicate boxes.

– Click OK.

– Save the resulting chart by selecting Save As from the File tab.

Note: Any fields that are not defined in the first file (the top of your OrgTree) are automatically excluded. To include fields defined in files other than the first file, uncheck the "Ignore Fields not in the first file" checkbox.

Consolidated orgchart

You will save time and effort by combining charts with the consolidation feature.