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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Family Tree Shape

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Family Tree Shape

Did you choose a fan chart but are curious how your current family tree design would look in a circular form? Vice versa? It's easy to experiment and create something EXACTLY to your taste. Here's how.

Once you're in the family tree maker, simply click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, followed by the "Shape" tab within the advanced settings.

change shape of genealogy chart

This will open the Shape sidebar panel. You can scroll up and down within this panel to see all of the different shapes available, which are shown with a preview of your current color scheme. To change your charge to a new shape, simply click on the preview shape within the sidebar, and all of your data will appear with the new shape.


shape of pedigree chart changed

Check out the video below to see this feature in action.

Note: This video was made using the old version of the editor, but all of the functionality is the same. The only modification is that you now access the "Shape" tab via the "Advanced" tab.



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