Sienna Bee July 23, 2019 Flowcharts
There are significant differences between the tools in the newer versions of Excel and the older versions. Make sure that you read the appropriate section below. Most of the editing techniques are the same and are covered in the Editing Excel Flowcharts section at the bottom of the article. Most of the topics described here can also be applied to creating flowcharts in Word or PowerPoint, but in my humble opinion, of all the Office Drawing tools the Excel drawing tools are the most user friendly.
The rectangle symbol is your go-to symbol. It represents any step in the process flow you’re diagramming and is the workhorse of the flowchart diagram. Give it a lump of sugar and it will love you forever.
If you don’t mind downloading apps direct from a website, then definitely take a look at ClickCharts for your Mac flowcharts. The app’s interface is similar to Microsoft Word with its ribbon of buttons and tabs for sections at the top. Select the group of shapes you want to use like an organizational chart, block diagram, or flowchart and then click to put them onto the canvas.
Pencil is another cool flowchart app for Mac that comes directly from the company’s website. You will see a nice clear app interface and canvas to work with as soon as you open it. There is a complete set of flowchart objects, but for doing even more with the app, you can use web elements, widgets, and mobile stencils.
The diamond symbolizes that a decision needs to be made. If there are only two choices, you can draw arrows directly from the diamond to the next step (example on the left). If there are more than two choices, you can draw them neatly by copying the example on the right.
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.
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