Mariam Desaillly July 6, 2019 Flowcharts
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.
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.
While there are great flowchart makers for Windows and other platforms, you can even create flowcharts in Excel or try your hand at creating flowcharts in Microsoft Word, sometimes an online, web-based solution is best. That’s because these don’t need a specific hardware configuration or operating system to work—all you need is a web browser.
Compared to the other services, Gliffy is a bit more barebones. It’s a good option when you need to flowchart an idea quickly and easily. You can create any flowchart in just a few clicks. There are basic templates available that make it even easier to reach your final product. However, when you start to get down and fine-tune your flowcharts, the editing process is not as smooth as others, like Lucidchart. There are a few quirks that may slow you down a bit, but snap-on grids and other alignment tools are nice to have.
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.
Microsoft Word provides built-in tools for creating and arranging different types of flowcharts. You can create your own flowchart by using different shapes and SmartArt. When working with shapes in any Office application, it’s always useful to use gridlines to make sure everything is sized and placed correctly.