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Fishbone diagrams are useful tools for showing cause and effect relationships. Amplify your PowerPoint presentations with fishbone diagrams using this guide to show you how.

Creating Fishbone Diagrams in PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is primarily software for making slideshow presentations. However, it can also be used to create basic diagrams. This tutorial shows you how to create a fishbone diagram using PowerPoint shapes.

If you scroll further down, you’ll also find out how to make a fishbone diagram with Lucidchart. Choosing Lucidchart gives you more customization choices, a highly responsive diagramming interface, and the convenience of drag-and-drop technology.

How to Make a Fishbone Diagram in PowerPoint

1. Open a PowerPoint presentation and choose a blank slide.

2. Go to the Insert tab and select the Shapes menu.

3. Choose a line with an arrow for your first shape. Draw it out across the center of your blank slide.

4. Add a rectangle next, this will represent a problem statement.

fishbone diagram template in powerpoint

5. Draw out lines from your central line, one for each category you need to include. It may be helpful to have boxes at the ends of these lines to more clearly label them as categories.

6. Add cause lines next jutting out from each category line. Draw text boxes across the top of lines to label them with causes.

7. Once you’ve finished labeling categories, causes, and your problem statement, you are ready to save your fishbone diagram.

fishbone diagram template in powerpoint


How to Add a Lucidchart Fishbone Diagram in PowerPoint

1. Download the MS PowerPoint Lucidchart Add-On if you haven’t already.

2.Open this fishbone diagram template in Lucidchart, or create a fishbone diagram from scratch. Use this guide to learn how to make a flowchart in Lucidchart if you need help getting started.

3. Open your PowerPoint presentation, go to your Lucidchart Add-Ins.

4. Select your fishbone diagram from your documents to insert into PowerPoint.