Draw flowcharts in Word

If you need to draw a diagram, such as a flowchart, in the most of cases you need neither Visio, nor PowerPoint, use Word to draw with AutoShapes.
Flowchart in Word 2007

To create a flowchart like this, follow next steps:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select Shapes:

AutoShapes in Word 2007

    2.    On the Shapes list, in the Flowchart group, choose the item that you want to add:

Flowchart items in Word 2007

    3.    To change format of the flowchart shape, select it and then do one of the following:

  • When you select a shape, Word appears a Drawing Tools toolbar:
    Drawing Tools in Word 2007

    Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the Quick Style that you want:

    Shape Styles in Word 2007

    To see more Quick Styles, click the More button.

  • Right-click in the selected shape and choose Format AutoShape... in popup menu:
    popup menu

    In the Format AutoShape dialog box, choose format options:

    Format AutoShape in Word 2007

    4.    To add text in the selected shape, do one of the following:

  • Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click the Add Text button:
    Add Text in Word 2007
  • Right-click in it and choose Add Text in the popup menu.

    5.    To connect shapes, do the following:

  • On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click in the Shapes list and then select one of the connectors in the Line:
    Lines
  • Select the beginning point in a border of the first shape and the ending point in a border of the second shape:
    Draw Connectors in Word 2007

    6.    To divide items between Departments, you can use text boxes. Do the following:

  • On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click in the Text Box list and then select one in the gallery or click Draw Text Box...:
    Text in Word 2007
  • To add the text, double-click in this text box or choose Add text in the popup menu.
  • To format the text box, do one of the following:
    • When the text box is selected, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Text Box Styles group, click the Quick Style that you want:
      Text Box Styles in Word 2007

      To see more Quick Styles, click the More button.

    • Right-click in it and choose Format Text Box... in the popup menu:
      popup menu
  • In the Format Text Box dialog box, choose format options:
    Format Text Box in Word 2007
  • To layout this text box behind your flowchart, in the Format Text Box dialog box, on the Layout tab, choose Behind text:
    Layout in Word 2007