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Horizontal arrow between cells, with auto width, pinned to cell

Posted on 2014-04-17
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Hi,
I'm building a sheet to act as a hierarchical call tree, ie as a cascade of showing which staff call others in the event of a disaster.

Previously, I've used the Drawing Objects to add arrows as required, but these get scrambled when rows are added or deleted, and are tricky to precisely pin to the exact mid-point of a cell.

Is there a way that I can put an arrow into a cell so that it runs horizontally across it, and moves with the cell when we add/delete rows and columns, and preferably auto sizes to width?

Thanks, Danny
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by:Rob Henson
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How about embedding a proper Org Chart diagram? Or possibly better still, just an org Chart in PowerPoint.

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Alternatively, I have seen Org Charts within Excel using text boxes rather than the cells. You can then use proper connector arrows rather than dran arrows. These will then move with the text box.

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Rob,
thanks for those suggestions.

I have been trying with repeating characters, as per the link here:
http://www.excelforum.com/excel-general/626767-repeat-a-charatcter-to-fill-a-cell.html

but can only get it to work if I put a number in the cell to start with, which kind of mucks it up straight away.  It can look reasonable if you use special characters - ie the Arrows in Wingdings, or the line shapes in Calibri

Attached is an example of what I have so far, with a typical layout below.  If you change the width of Col E, the filled cells at the top adjust to fill it.  Just not with the best characters, and with no arrowhead shown.

The bit underneath uses borders and the drawing objects, and it's not abysmal to work with, but deleting any given row (when someone leaves, for instance), means that "their" arrow stays behind.  
 
Visio could do it, but not everyone has this, and exporting to PDF, well that's just cheating!
ee---cell-filling---numbers-only.xlsx
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ok, guess I'll just just plough on as I am then.  Excel is handy as the majority of the work is just tables, plus there's a few calculations later on to track the responses of Call Tree tests.

The issue of the arrows moving/doubling up when we delete a row isn't huge, just annoying.  Thanks anyway!
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If Rob can't do it, it can't be done... and that's good enough for me.
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