How to Make Flow Diagrams

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How to Make Flow Diagrams
Flow charts guide you through a process. (Process Flow image by Christopher Hall from

Flow charts are visual aides to help communicate a process. They are often used for instructions. They show a step-by-step process. Flow charts should be easy to read, however, they can become complex. The goal is communication. As you begin, remember that other people need to be able to follow your process through the chart.

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  1. 1

    Know the symbols you will be using.

    The most common symbols are:

    Elongated Circles indicate the start of a process;

    Rectangles show actions or instructions;

    Diamonds are used to indicate a decision needs to be made.

  2. 2

    Draw the first symbol; this should be an elongated circle. Write in the symbol "Start."

  3. 3

    Draw the next symbol. Write in the symbol it's meaning.

  4. 4

    Connect the steps with an arrow.

  5. 5

    Repeat until you have completed the process. Keep in mind the order you need to stay in. Be sure arrows connect steps.

  6. 6

    Draw an elongated circle with "Finish" written in it.

Tips and warnings

  • You may select to use other shapes for your flow chart symbols. Just keep it simple.
  • Some steps may have sub steps, be sure to connect the sub steps as well.
  • Avoid over-complicating your chart or it will be too difficult to read.

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