Graphics in Word 2016
Every time you add, move or resize shapes (e.g., flowchart shapes), and very soon it becomes tedious to align them. Fortunately, Microsoft Word proposes Gridlines that can help to organize shapes and other objects in your document.
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 many other free and commercial diagram drawing packages, Microsoft Office shapes provide extremely rich text formatting features.
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.
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 block.
The Format tab of the Drawing Tools toolbar provides a plenty of options for customization of the shape outline, background and text settings. Also, here you can change spacing and size for multiple shapes at once.
A flowchart or flow chart usually shows steps of the task, process or workflow. There are many different SmartArt templates predefined in Microsoft Word that you can use to make a flowchart, including visually appealing templates with pictures. However, if you have a process with a complex flow or you need a custom layout it is better to build a flowchart using rectangular, diamond, round and other box types.
By default, Word makes objects snap (jump) to an underlying grid laid across the document. If you drag an object, such as a shape, you'll notice that it moves in little jerks rather than smoothly. This is because of the grid - but because the grid is normally invisible, it's not obvious.
Use the AutoCaption feature if you want to add captions to all items of a particular type automatically.