SmartDraw is the easiest way to make any type of flowchart or diagram representing a process. You start by picking one of the flow chart templates included and add steps in just a few clicks. Our flowchart maker aligns everything automatically so you don't have to worry about formatting, rearranging, or reconnecting steps.
Choose a flowchart template below to open SmartDraw in your browser to start making a flowchart right now.
It may seem obvious, but deciding what process you're visualizing is a crucial first step. If you make your
subject matter something too broad,
your flowchart will become too complicated and difficult to understand. You should start by defining a clear start and end point.
It's important to create a box around a key process that you want to examine so you can gather the critical steps in a timely fashion.
For example, a flowchart for making a burger could begin by farmers raising cows, wheat and tomatoes, or you could assume that's
not important to what you want to illustrate and focus on the parts relevant to the reason you're making a flowchart.
SmartDraw includes flowchart templates to put all relevant flowchart symbols and flowchart making tools at your
fingertips and make you instantly productive. These templates make it easy to add symbols and shapes,
split or join paths, and more.
Need more inspiration? There are dozens of flowchart examples you can customize. You can make yes/no flowcharts, process models, decision flows and more.
Click simple commands and SmartDraw's flowchart creator builds your flow chart for you, automatically. Add or remove a box, and SmartDraw realigns and arranges all the elements so that everything looks great.
Read our full tutorial on how to make a flowchart.
Your flowcharts will always be presentation-ready with SmartDraw's flowchart creator. Before you export, share or print, apply a design theme with a coordinating color scheme so your work looks professional.
SmartDraw's flowchart maker integrates easily with tools you already use. Once your flowchart is built you can insert it directly to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Google Docs™, Google Sheets™, and more.
SmartDraw also has apps to integrate with Atlassian's Confluence, Jira, and Trello. You can easily make a flowchart and share it in your Confluence documentation or attach a process flow to a Jira issue.
As we mentioned above, flowcharts use special shapes to represent different types of actions or steps in a process. Your basic SmartDraw flowchart template will already have a pill shaped symbol on it to represent the start of your flowchart. The common rectangle shape represents a step in the process. Some of the common symbols and their meanings is listed below:
You can learn more about flowchart symbols on this page.
A flowchart uses shapes connected by lines to show the steps in a process. By visualizing the process, a flowchart can quickly help identify bottlenecks or inefficiencies where the process can be streamlined or improved.
A flowchart template in SmartDraw helps you make flowcharts by docking the right flowchart symbol library and flowchart tools at your fingertips.
When you start with a template, you'll be able to add a process step in just a click or create a decision point just as easily.
Types of flowcharts you can make with SmartDraw's flowchart maker:
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A flowchart is a visual representation of the sequence of steps and decisions needed to perform a process. Learn more about flowcharts.
Flowcharts consist of a few common geometric shapes representing different steps in a process like start, ends, and decisions. The most common shape is a rectangle used to show a single action or operation. Learn more about flowchart symbols.
Flowchart types include swimlane flowcharts, workflows, data flow diagrams, SDL diagrams, EPC diagrams, and more. See all flowchart types.
A good flowchart should communicate a process clearly and effectively. You can make a flowchart in a few simple steps. Learn how to make a flowchart.
SmartDraw comes with dozens of built-in flowchart templates. Browse the templates and start customizing them immediately. See more flowchart templates.
Make flow charts using SmartDraw's templates and insert them into Word® and other Microsoft Office® apps. Learn how to add flowcharts to Word®.
Discover why SmartDraw is the best flowchart maker today.
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