How to Plan a Pert Chart in Office 2007

by Tricia Goss

A pert chart, which stands for "Program Evaluation Review Technique," is a project management tool used to study and evaluate tasks required for the completion of a specific project. Pert charts are made of a series of boxes that describe the activities required to complete the project to which they are associated. Microsoft Office 2007 programs, such as Word, Publisher and Excel, feature built-in tools that simplify the process of planning and creating a pert chart.

Shape Gallery

Plan the activities required to complete the project. In an Office 2007 application such as Word or Publisher, go to the "Insert" tab and select a rectangle from the "Shapes" gallery. Insert a shape for each activity.

Project Steps

Right click each shape and select "Add Text." Type one of the planned activities on each shape of the pert chart.

Pert Chart Activities

Determine the sequence of the project activities and drag the shapes into the proper position in the Office 2007 document with the first activity on the left of the page. If there are activities that may take place concurrently, place them together vertically on the pert chart, one above the other.


Go to the "Insert" tab of the Office 2007 program and select a line or arrow from the shape gallery. Click on the line or arrow you want to use to connect activities on the pert chart, click on the right end of the first box and then click on the left end of the second box. Connect all of the boxes in the pert chart.

Format Shapes Office 2007

Click the "Format" tab in the Office 2007 program. Click the dialog launcher in the bottom right of the "Shape Styles" group. Select fill colors and other effects for the pert chart from the "Format Shape" dialog.


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About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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