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 2003

To create a flowchart like this, follow next steps:

    1.    Select Insert -> Picture -> AutoShapes to open the AutoShapes toolbar:

AutoShapes in Word 2003

    2.    Click the Flowchart button Flowchart button and then choose the item that you want to add:

Flowchart items in Word 2003

    3.    To change format of the flowchart item, do the following:

  • Select this item, right-click in it and select Format AutoShape... in popup menu:
    popup menu
  • In the Format AutoShape dialog box, choose format options:
    Format AutoShape in Word 2003

    4.    To add text, select the item, right-click in it and choose Add Text in the popup menu. Then you can type the text.

    5.    To connect shapes, do the following:

  • In the AutoShapes toolbar, choose the Connectors button Connectors button and then choose the item that you want to add:
    Connectors items in Word 2003
  • 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 2003

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

  • Select Insert -> Text Box to add a text box in you document.
  • To add the text, double-click in this text box or choose Add Text in the popup menu.
  • To format the text box, right-click in it and choose Format Text Box... in the popup menu:
    popup menu
  • In the Format TextBox dialog box, choose format options:
    Format Text Box in Word 2003

    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 2003