How to change flowchart shapes

  • Word
  • 2016
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.

In Microsoft Office in general and in Word you don’t need to plan the flow design because you can easily change the shape outline at any stage.

To change flowchart shapes in Word, do the following:

    1.    Select the shape you want to change:

Shape for change in Word 2016

    2.    Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, select Edit Shape dropdown list:

Insert Shapes group in Word 2016

    3.    In the Edit Shape list, select Change Shape dropdown list and then choose the shape you prefer:

Change Shape menu in Word 2016

    4.    Adjust the format of the changed shape:

Shape for change 2 in Word 2016

See also how to change format of diagram shapes in Word.

See also this tip in French: Comment changer les formes de diagramme.

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