Most process flow diagrams and workflow charts use elbow connectors for connecting process stages and
elements, but too many connecting lines of the same type give your chart a messy look. Fortunately, you can
combine different connector types that represent semantically different transitions.
When you create the process flow chart, process map, business flow diagram or data flow diagrams and UML
activity diagrams you often need to add some text or labels to the connectors. Unlike other free and
commercial diagram drawing packages, Microsoft Office shapes provide extremely rich text formatting
Business process charts like employee routines, document preparation, and approval, or online user navigation
path on a website or a Web store are different from academic flows of algorithms. Usually, academic
applications use a limited number of standard shape types, but in business, different shapes give a better
look and simplify understanding. However, it is hard to decide which shape is appropriate for the specific
The Format tab of the Shape Format tab (the Drawing Tools toolbar in the previous
version and Excel 2016) provides a plenty of options for customizing a shape outline, background, and text
settings. Also, you can change spacing and size for multiple shapes at once.
Every time you add, move, or resize shapes, by default, it isn't easy to align them. Excel proposes features
named Snap to Shape and Snap to Grid that can help to organize shape and any objects.
Gridlines help you align shapes and create consistent dimensions for each object. In Excel, gridlines are
simulated by column borders, and changing column widths and heights essentially controls your gridlines.
By default, gridlines are displayed in worksheets, but you can hide the gridlines.
Simple line and bar charts often attract little or no interest in the audience. Still, Excel allows you to
attract attention to your data by emphasizing change direction, difference, or period.
Very few Excel users pay attention to the chart axes, but there are some tricks with axes that will help
you to improve your visualizations with little or no efforts.