Create a basic flowchart in Visio

Create a basic flowchart in Visio

Flowcharts are diagrams that reveal the actions in a procedure. Fundamental flowcharts are simple to produce and, due to the fact that the shapes are easy and visual, they are simple to comprehend.

Note: You can likewise instantly produce a standard flow diagram from information by utilizing a Data Visualizer diagram in Visio. For additional information, see Create a Data Visualizer diagram

The Basic Flowchart design template in Visio includes shapes that you can utilize to reveal lots of sort of procedures, and it is particularly helpful for revealing fundamental company procedures like the proposition advancement procedure displayed in the following figure.

Example of a flowchart showing a proposal process

Create a flowchart

  1. Start Visio.

  2. Click the Flowchart classification.

  3. Double-click Basic Flowchart.

  4. For each action in the procedure that you are recording, drag a flowchart shape onto your illustration.

  5. Connect the flowchart shapes by holding the mouse tip over the very first shape, and after that clicking the little arrow that appears that indicate the shape you wish to link to. If the 2nd shape is not straight throughout from the very first shape, click and hold the little arrow, drag it to the 2nd shape, and drop the adapter in the middle of the 2nd shape.

  6. To include text to a shape or adapter, choose it, and after that type. When you are completed typing, click a blank location of the page.

  7. To alter the instructions of a port’s arrow, pick the adapter, and after that, on the Shape tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Line, indicate Arrows, and choose the arrow instructions and design that you desire.

Fix positioning and spacing

  1. Press CTRL+A to choose whatever on the drawing page.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Arrange group, click Position, and after that click Auto Align & Space

If that does not do what you desire, push Ctrl+ Z to reverse it, and after that attempt a few of the other alternatives under the Align and Position buttons.

Example of a flowchart showing a proposal process

What the flowchart shapes represent

When you open the Basic Flowchart design template, the Basic Flowchart Shapes stencil opens too. Each shape on the stencil represents a various sort of action in a procedure. There is no requirement, universal significance for the shapes– any shape can bring whatever significance is concurred on by the individuals who will produce and check out the flowcharts. A lot of flowcharts tend to utilize just 3 or 4 of the shapes, unless there is a clear organization factor to utilize more.

That stated, Visio shapes have names that recommend their most typical usages. Here are a few of the most typical shapes:

  • Start/End Use this shape for the very first and last action of your procedure.

    Terminator shape

  • Process This shape represents a common action in your procedure. This is the most often utilized shape in nearly every procedure.

    Process shape

  • Decision This shape shows a point where the result of a choice determines the next action. There can be numerous results, however frequently there are simply 2– yes and no.

    Decision shape

  • Subprocess Use this shape for a set of actions that integrate to produce a sub-process that is specified in other places, frequently on another page of the very same file. This works if the diagram is long and complex.

    Predefined Process shape

  • Document This shape represents an action that leads to a file.

    Document shape

  • Data This shape suggests that info is entering the procedure from outdoors, or leaving the procedure. This shape can likewise be utilized to represent products and is often called an Input/Output shape.

    Data shape

  • On-page referral This little circle shows that the next (or previous) action is elsewhere on the illustration. This is especially helpful for big flowcharts where you would otherwise need to utilize a long adapter, which can be difficult to follow.

    On-page refference shape

  • Off-page referral When you drop this shape onto your drawing page, a dialog box opens where you can develop a set of links in between 2 pages of a flowchart or in between a sub-process shape and a different flowchart page that reveals the actions in that sub-process.

    Off-page reference shape

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Video: Create a flowchart

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Build Visio diagrams utilizing a touch screen

Create a brand-new flowchart

  1. Start Visio for the web

  2. In the Gallery on the web page, scroll down to the Basic Flowchart classification.

    Basic Flowchart options on the Visio home page.

  3. Choose a choice from that row, then click its Create button.

    The very first choice offers you stencil with basic shapes, plus a blank canvas to begin with. The other alternatives in the row supply a stencil and likewise a starter diagram with a number of shapes currently contributed to the canvas.

Design the flowchart

  1. For each action in the procedure that you are recording, drag a flowchart shape onto your illustration.

  2. Connect the flowchart shapes by holding the mouse guideline over the very first shape, and after that clicking the little arrow that appears that indicate the shape you wish to link to. If the 2nd shape is not straight throughout from the very first shape, click and hold the little arrow, drag it to the 2nd shape, and drop the port in the middle of the 2nd shape.

  3. To include text to a shape or adapter, choose it, and after that type. When you are ended up typing, press the Esc secret.

  4. To alter the instructions of an adapter’s arrow, choose the adapter, and after that, on the Shape tab, pick the down arrow beside Shape Outline

    The Shape Outline gallery appears.

  5. Point at Arrows, and after that pick the arrow design and instructions you desire.

    Visio for the web gives you several options for the direction and style of arrows.

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Add adapters in between shapes

Edit port lines, arrows, or points

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Create a flowchart

  1. Click the File tab.

    Don’t see the File tab?

    If you do not see the File tab, continue to the next action in the treatment.

  2. Click New, click Flowchart, and after that under Available Templates, click Basic Flowchart

  3. Click Create

  4. For each action in the procedure that you are recording, drag a flowchart shape onto your illustration.

    Note: See the area What the flowchart shapes represent for info on which shapes to utilize for each action.

  5. Connect the flowchart shapes in either of the following methods.

    Connect 2 shapes together:

    1. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click Connector

    2. Drag from a connection point 279449a5 23ba 49f5 9a7b 074933f88ce1 on the very first shape to a connection point on the 2nd shape. The adapter endpoints redden when the shapes are linked.

      A flowchart with the connector points turned red.

    Connect one shape to numerous from a single connection point:

    By default, adapters are set to Right-Angle so that if you link a single point on one shape to 3 other shapes it will appear like the figure listed below.

    Shape connected to three other shapes with right-angle connectors.

    To have each adapter radiate directly from the main point on the very first shape to points on each of the other shapes you require to set the adapters to Straight Connector as displayed in the following figure.

    A flowchart with straight connectors radiating out from a central point.

    1. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click Connector

    2. For each shape you wish to link to, drag from the very same connection point 279449a5 23ba 49f5 9a7b 074933f88ce1 on the very first shape to a connection point on each of the other shapes.

    3. Right-click each port and click Straight Connector

  6. To go back to regular modifying, on the Home tab, in the Tool group, click Pointer Tool

  7. To include text to a shape or adapter, choose it, and after that type. When you are completed typing, click a blank location of the page.

  8. To alter the instructions of an adapter’s arrow, choose the connection, and after that in the Shape group, click the arrow to the right of Line, indicate Arrows, and pick the arrow instructions that you desire.

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Print a big flowchart

The simplest method to print a flowchart that is bigger than your printer paper is to print it onto numerous notepads and after that tape the pieces together.

Before you begin to print, it’s crucial to make certain that the drawing page, as it appears in Visio, consists of the entire flowchart. Any shapes that hang off the edge of the Visio drawing page will not print.

To print a big flowchart, do the following:

  1. With your flowchart open, on the Design tab, in the Page Setup group, click Size, and choose Fit to Drawing

  2. Click the File tab.

    Don’t see the File tab?

    If you do not see the File tab, continue to the next action in the treatment.

  3. Click Print, and after that click Print Preview

    in print preview, dotted lines separate different pages.

  4. To print your flowchart onto several papers, do the following:
    1. In Print Preview, in the Print group, click Page Setup

    2. On the Print Setup tab, in the Printer paper box, pick the paper size you desire if it isn’t currently picked.

    3. Click OKAY

    4. In the Preview group, click Single Tile to see how your illustration will print on each sheet. (You can change in between pages by clicking Next Tile or Previous Tile)

    5. When you are pleased with how your illustration looks, in the Print group, click Print

    6. After the illustration is printed, you can cut the margins, overlap the pages, and tape them together.

  5. To print your flowchart onto a single notepad, do the following:
    1. In Print Preview, in the Print group, click Page Setup

    2. On the Print Setup tab, in the Printer paper box, pick the paper size you desire if it isn’t currently chosen.

    3. Under Print zoom, choose Fit to

    4. To the right of Fit to, type 1 in package beside sheet( s) throughout, and type 1 in package beside sheet( s) down

    5. Click OKAY

    6. In the Print group, click Print

What the flowchart shapes represent

When you open the Basic Flowchart design template, the Basic Flowchart Shapes stencil opens, too. Each shape on the stencil represents a various action in a procedure.

Visio 2010 consists of lots of other, specific stencils and shapes that you can utilize in your flowchart diagram. For more details about how to discover more shapes, see Use the Shapes window to arrange and discover shapes

  • Start/End Use this shape for the very first and last action of your procedure.

    Terminator shape

  • Process This shape represents an action in your procedure.

    Process shape

  • Subprocess Use this shape for a set of actions that integrate to develop a sub-process that is specified somewhere else, frequently on another page of the exact same illustration.

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