How do I create a chevron diagram?

Written by jenna foote
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A chevron diagram is used to graphically represent a progression of steps or actions, such as in a workflow or similar process. The chevron shape is much like an arrow and points to show the direction of movement. Each chevron can also be used as a main point that contains subpoints. You can use Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 software to make chevron diagrams for presentations, documents, e-mail messages and spreadsheets.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open a new Microsoft Word document, Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation. Click on the "Insert" tab and select "SmartArt" from the Illustrations group.

  2. 2

    Click on "List" from the left-hand menu of the SmartArt Graphic gallery. Scroll down to the seventh row of graphics and select the "Vertical Chevron" list. Click the "OK" button. A chevron diagram will appear on your document or presentation slide.

  3. 3

    Add text to your chevron list by placing the I-beam on the indicated areas and clicking to activate the blinking cursor.

  4. 4

    Add additional chevrons by clicking once on any chevron to select it. Right-click and select "Add Shape" from the menu.

  5. 5

    Delete an unwanted chevron by clicking on it once to select it. Press the "Delete" key.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Design" tab to customise your chevron list. There, you will see options to change the colour scheme, layout and style of your diagram.

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