How to create a flowchart in Word
Flow charts usually assign specific symbols for different types of entities, actions, etc. E.g.:
|Rectangle with round corners is used for starting and terminating states|
|Rectangle with straight corners is used for process stages|
|Parallelogram is used for data input/output illustration|
|Diamond is used for conditional branching|
|Arrow is used to show the process flow|
All these and other useful visual elements you can find in the Shapes dropdown list of the Insert tab of Microsoft Word.
To create a flowchart like the one above, follow the next steps (we recommend to check the tip how to easily organize shapes in Word, which simplify drawing):
Add the drawing canvas
It is important to add the drawing canvas before adding the flow shapes because it allows you to use the flowchart connectors:
1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes:
2. On the Shapes list, in the bottom, choose New Drawing Canvas:
Word adds the new drawing canvas to your flow chart:
Draw the flowchart blocks
3. On the Shapes list, in the Flowchart group, choose the item that you want to add:
4. To add text in the selected shape, just double-click in it and enter the text.
Connect the flowchart blocks by connectors
5. To connect shapes, do the following:
- On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click in the Shapes list and then select one of the connectors in the Lines group:
- Select the beginning point in a border of the first shape and the ending point in a border of the second shape:
See also this tip in French: Comment créer un organigramme des opérations dans Word.