How to create a flowchart with SmartArt

Excel 2016
A flow chart usually shows steps in a task, process, or workflow. There are many different SmartArt templates predefined in Excel that you can use to illustrate the process, including some complex templates with pictures.

Sure, it is very easy to create your own flow chart using a predefined template (see draw a flowchart in Excel).

SmartArt flow chart in Excel 365

To make the chart using SmartArt tools, do the following:

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

SmartArt in Excel 365

   2.   On the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box, in the Cycle group, choose the item that you prefer (in this example has been chosen Basic Cycle):

Cycle SmartArt shapes in Excel 365

   3.   To enter a text in the shapes, do one of the following:

  • Just double-click in shape and enter the text:
    Text to SmartArt shape in Excel 365
  • Click on the Text Pane arrow in the SmartArt graphic and type texts in the Text Pane:
    Text pane in SmartArt in Excel 365
  • On the SmartArt Design tab, in the Create Graphic group, click the Text Pane button:
    Text Pane button in Create Graphic group in Excel 365

   4.   To make adjustments for your graphic, you can use Excel SmartArt instruments:

   4.1.   On the SmartArt Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group:

SmartArt Styles group in Excel 365
  • Select colors from the Change Colors dropdown list:
    SmartArt Theme Colors in Excel 365
  • Select the SmartArt style you prefer:
    SmartArt Styles in Excel 365

   4.2.   To change the size of all shapes in your graphic, do the following:

  • Select all shapes which you would like to resize by dropping the Ctrl button and selecting all shapes:
    Select all SmartArt shapes in Excel 365
  • On the SmartArt Format tab, in the Size group, change sizes for all selected shapes:
    Size of SmartArt shapes in Excel 365

   5.   To add text in the center of the graphic, just add the Text box in it - on the Insert tab, in the Text group, click the Text Box button:

Text Box button in Create Graphic group in Excel 365

See also this tip in French: Comment créer un diagramme à l’aide de SmartArt.

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