Stevie May June 20, 2019 Flowcharts
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.
With a Flowchart Software, you have the necessary tools that you require to efficiently design professional diagrams that visually communicate complex ideas and processes to your team members, in-house staff, and remote staff. The Flowchart Software also gives you the tools that you need when sharing charts and presenting your diagrams to your external clients who are interested in purchasing your product or service.
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.
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.
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.