To take your Google Drive creations to the next level, learn how to make a flowchart in Google Docs. Flowcharts and other visuals add interest to text heavy documents and help readers understand your message quickly. To make a Google Docs flowchart, you have two options.
Option #2. Use Google Drawings.
Both are free to use, but after comparing the two, you will find that our flowchart maker offers the best value for quickly making professional diagrams that are always accessible and easy to share. This is how the two stack up.
Option #1: Lucidchart
Lucidchart offers a number of distinct advantages when making a Google Docs flowchart.
- Auto-prompt features allow you to draw lines and shapes without having to return to the toolbox. You don’t have to draw the shape each time or even drag and drop them onto the canvas.
- Each diagram you make is saved as a stand-alone document so that you can use it for multiple projects. When you build a flowchart, you can put it into several Google Docs, turn it into a Google Slides presentation, publish it on the web, or share it directly with collaborators.
- Formatting prompts and commands help you to make shapes, lines, and diagrams that are crisp and even every time.
- Lucidchart offers dozens of shape libraries for everything from basic shapes to org charts to network infrastructure. You never feel limited with so many options.
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Getting started with Lucidchart is easy. First, download the Lucidchart add-on for Google Drive. This is a one-time process that will give you access to Lucidchart documents in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Simply follow these steps:
- Open a new Google Doc.
- Select Add-ons > Get add-ons.
- Find and select Lucidchart.
- Give Lucidchart permission to access Google Drive.
- Log in to Lucidchart and give Google Drive permission to access your documents.
Once you have the add-on installed, here is how to create a flowchart in Google Docs:
- Build a diagram in Lucidchart.
- Open a new Google Doc.
- Select Add-ons > Lucidchart Diagrams > Insert Diagram.
- Choose your diagram from the list.
- Press “Insert.”
Alternatively, you can open the Lucidchart add-on and start a new diagram when you select “Create.” After inserting a diagram into Google Docs, you can make changes to your Lucidchart document and then reinsert the diagram to reflect your changes. This five-shape diagram took 2 minutes and 53 seconds to build in Lucidchart.
Need more help with installing or using the add-on? Check out the full instructions or the video below.
Option #2: Google Drawings.
Google Drawings is the native app for building flowcharts in Google Drive. It requires no setup but is difficult to use when you need to build large, professional diagrams. To get started, open a new Google Doc, select “Insert” and then “Drawing.” You can now build a flowchart that will appear in your document when you press “Save & Close.” The end result looks like this:
This diagram took 4 minutes and 58 seconds to build and format. That's nearly twice the time it took to make a similar five shape diagram in Lucidchart. Imagine how much time you will save if you use Lucidchart to build a diagram with 50 or 500 shapes!
Getting started with Google Drawings is incredibly simple, but the app comes with a number of drawbacks.
- Every shape must be drawn individually. This is time consuming, and your shapes end up uneven unless you copy and paste the same shape over and over. This gives the diagram an overall unpolished feel.
- It takes three clicks to draw a single line, and they often end up crooked or uneven.
- The shape library is limited to basic flowchart shapes, although you can insert images from other locations.
- Flowcharts are not saved as stand-alone documents. You can copy and paste a flowchart from one Google Doc to another, but you cannot put it into Google Slides or Sheets or share the flowchart directly.
Now that you know how to make a flowchart in Google Docs with Lucidchart, give it a try! The software is free and provides the best diagramming experience on the market.
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