How to Draw a Flowchart Using MS Word

by Stephanie Ellen

Microsoft Word isn't just a word processing program -- it has built-in graphics that enable you to build a professional looking flowchart without the need for more software. A flowchart shows a process or algorithm from start to finish, using boxes or other shapes connected by arrows. The Smart Art section of Microsoft Word contains a series of flowchart elements that you can use to build a process chart.

1

Click the "Insert" tab.

2

Click "Smart Art" in the Illustrations group.

3

Click "Process" and then click a flowchart element you want to add. A preview of the flowchart elements will show in the right hand window pane. For example, click a row of three boxes.

4

Click "OK" to add the element to the worksheet.

5

Click the element and enter whatever text you would like to appear in the element. Press the "Enter" key to make another element of the same type.

Tip

  • check If you want to add a different shape to your flow chart, click the "Design" tab and then click a different Smart Art Style from the selection box.

About the Author

Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.

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