How to Create Microsoft Flow Charts

By Emmanuelle Douglas

Flow charts help you demonstrate different processes that are occurring. They are an excellent guide to have when you need to demonstrate different decisions involved in a process. With the introduction of SmartArt in the Microsoft Office suite, anyone can create a flow chart. SmartArt gives you flow chart templates in which you can add your decisions. After you add the decision text, you can pick a color scheme and style for your flow chart.

Step 1

Open Excel 2010 and click the "Insert" tab. Select "SmartArt." Click the "Process" category in the left task pane. Click on the different process flow charts in the center task pane. Select a flow chart. For example, select the "Basic Bending Process" flow chart. Click "OK." The SmartArt flow chart and Text Pane appear.

Step 2

Type your flow chart tasks in the bulleted "Text" pane. Move to each shape in the flow chart by pressing the "Enter" key as you complete each task. Click on the outside border of the flow chart pane.

Step 3

Notice the new "SmartArt" tab on the ribbon. Use the "Design" tab to add color schemes to the flow chart. Click the "Change Colors" button to add a new color scheme to the flow chart. Save your changes by clicking the "Save" icon on the Quick Access Toolbar. The Quick Access Toolbar is located above the ribbon.