How to Make a Flow Process Chart

By Rhonda Campbell

Process flow charts use diagrams to illustrate the chronological steps involved in completing projects, an application procedure or a training program. In order for the diagrams to be effective they should be easy to read, understand and follow. In addition to illustrating step-by-step action items, flow charts help the preparer to spot gaps in the process before it is rolled out to a larger audience. Learn how to create a flow chart using Microsoft Windows.

Step 1

Build the shell. Click "Insert," then "Text Box." Type the title for your flow chart inside the text box. For example, if you are describing the process for riding a bicycle, you could type "Riding a Bicycle Made Easy." Change the font on your text box by scrolling over the text box border, right clicking on your mouse and selecting "Font." Use the drop-down box to change the font color, size and type. Next, click "Auto Shapes" on the toolbar. Select "Flow Chart."

Step 2

Select the rectangle shape. Drag the shape to the top of the document page. Use the drop-down box and select "Add Shapes." Add enough shapes to illustrate each step in the process. For example, if you have a three-step process, add three shapes to the flow chart. To choose a different shape, click on "Auto Shapes" and select another shape.

Step 3

Add connectors. Click on the drop-down box next to "Auto Shapes" on the toolbar. Select "Connectors." Click and drag the connecting lines on the diagram to connect the shapes. Point the arrows so that the steps move from left to right in uninterrupted sequence.

Step 4

Insert text. Point your mouse to the center of the shape. Click "Text Box." Type the first step in the process in the top box. Complete the above process until you have briefly and clearly typed out each step in the process.

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