Isla Osman August 11, 2019 Flowcharts
A flow chart shows sequential steps in a task or process. There are many different SmartArt layouts that you can use to illustrate the steps in a process, including layouts that can contain pictures.
Flowcharts are an incredibly powerful tool. They lay out complex processes into a much more simple and easy to understand manner, and complicated projects don’t seem so scary anymore. We’ve just discussed the best options for online-only flowchart services—some are completely free, and others offer just free trials of their premium plans. But like everything in life, you get what you pay for. That’s why we prefer Lucidchart when making flowcharts online.
To begin creating your flowchart in Google Docs, you start by creating a new Google Docs document and then selecting the Insert menu. From the menu, select Drawing to gain access to a window that contains a variety of tools you can use to generate shapes that you can rapidly incorporate into your drawing as needed.
Which flowchart shape should you use? If you are new to flowcharting, the large number of shapes can be intimidating. You should care because knowing how to flowchart is like having access to a Universal language which makes it possible to communicate all sorts of things with all sorts of people, and that’s pretty cool.
The arrow symbol is used to guide the viewer along their flowcharting path. And while there are many different types of arrow tips to choose from, we recommend sticking with one for your entire flowchart. It’s less confusing and generally more aesthetically pleasing.
Draw.io fits the bill for anyone looking for a completely free flowchart solution. All you need to do to get started is choose your storage space, which gets remembered for later. Options include Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and local storage. If you need collaboration with others, Google Drive is the best choice since draw.io leverages Google Drive’s collaboration features.