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Create your flowchart online with Lucidchart

  • flowchart symbols and notation

    All the shapes you need to design professional flowcharts

    A flowchart visually represents the steps and decisions that are made to complete a process. Whether you are new to diagramming flowcharts or you are a seasoned pro, our free flowchart maker has everything you need to draw any type of process. Lucidchart’s extensive template library will have you creating impressive, easy-to-follow flowcharts in minutes, and its drag-and-drop functionality makes it simple to place and arrange shapes in a logical flow.

  • collaborate with others

    Collaborate anytime, anywhere

    Create flowcharts using Mac or PC because our flowchart generator is web-based, there is nothing to install, and it works on any device, browser, or operating system. Lucidchart helps team members collaborate in real time and work on the go from anywhere in the world, making the virtual office much more productive. Rather than passing your diagram back and forth and running into versioning issues, you can work together as a team to create a final product.

  • present and share

    Easily share and present your diagrams

    When you are ready for input from other team members, Lucidchart lets you easily share your online flowcharts. Collaborators can add comments, chat in real time, make edits, and collaborate to complete the diagram. When the flowchart is ready, generate a shareable URL, embed your diagram in a wiki or other popular apps, or export your diagram as a PDF, JPEG, or PNG. Because changes sync automatically, you and your team will always have access to the latest version of the document no matter where it’s published.

  • Google integrations

    Seamlessly integrate with G Suite

    Our flowchart creator integrates with Google applications to encourage more collaboration and increase productivity throughout your enterprise. With our free add-ons for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can quickly and seamlessly insert flowcharts into your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to give context to your ideas. Access the Lucidchart editor directly from these apps to update your diagrams as needed, and then update your inserted diagrams with a single click.

  • Microsoft Office integrations

    Integrate with Microsoft Office apps

    Giving your readers a visual representation of your ideas makes them easier to understand, and with our Microsoft add-ins, you can easily include your visuals in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams. Drop your completed online flowcharts into Word documents to supplement text-heavy documentation. Insert interactive diagrams into your PowerPoint presentations to keep your audience engaged. Enhance chunks of data in your Excel spreadsheets with flowcharts and other diagrams to give your numbers context.

How to make a flowchart online

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Gather information and consult with stakeholders

Identify which process you want to define in a flowchart, and determine the start and end points. Bring together the key players involved to brainstorm and outline the necessary steps.

2

Select a template or open a blank document

Choose one of Lucidchart’s many templates, and simply fill in the appropriate data in the relevant shapes. Or, start with a blank canvas and create your flowchart online from scratch.

3

Drag and drop flowchart shapes

Click and drag the shapes you want from the shape library and drop them anywhere on the canvas. Simply click a shape to add text to it, and use the available formatting options to customize shapes, colors, and text.

4

Connect the shapes in the proper sequence

Hover your cursor over any shape to see four white dots outlined in red. Simply click one of these dots and drag a line or an arrow to connect to the next shape. Click to add text directly on the line, and format line styling from the properties bar.

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Share the flowchart, analyze, and collaborate on improvements

Sequentially arrange tasks and decision points, and then share the flowchart with stakeholders so they can analyze, make comments, edit, and improve the diagram before presenting or publishing.

Frequently asked questions about our flowchart creator

How do I make a flowchart in Lucidchart?

Simply drag shapes from the shape library and drop them on the canvas in the Lucidchart editor. Click the white dots outlined in red, and drag connecting lines from shape to shape. You can also add swimlanes to divide your flowchart into sections.

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Do you have any flowchart templates?

Yes, there are many templates to choose from! Take a look at our template gallery to choose one that works for you.

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Are there any tips and tricks I should know to help me format my flowchart?

Yes, Lucidchart includes a variety of tools to help you size and arrange your flowchart any way you want. Within our flowchart generator, you can manage object layouts to make polished flowcharts.

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How do I use swimlanes in my flowcharts?

Swimlanes represent jobs assigned to multiple people, sub-processes, or separate phases within a process. To add swimlanes to your flowchart, open the shape manager in our flowchart tool and add the “Containers” shape library (found under “Flowchart Shapes”). Then simply drag and drop container shapes on the canvas.

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What are common flowchart symbols and notation?

Our flowchart maker includes many different standard flowchart shapes and symbols. To learn what each one means, visit our Flowchart Symbols and Notation page.

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