Flow Chart Template for Word

Flow Chart Template for Word

Flowcharts, a streamlined way to display information, are used in various industries and careers. A flowchart is made up of standard shapes and lines that communicate step-by-step processes.

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Creating Flow Chart Templates in Word

Flowcharts are an ideal way to break down any process into manageable sections and display them visually. Although Microsoft Word wasn’t designed for image creation, its shapes and lines may be used to make rudimentary flowcharts. This guide will show you several options for using Word to create flowchart diagram templates.

You’ll notice several pros and cons to using Word as a chart creation tool. While Microsoft Word allows you to add text boxes, alter shape and line color, and perform basic formatting tasks, the entire experience is static. With Lucidchart, elements are highly responsive; plus, you can add interactivity and collaborate with colleagues or friends.

Continue reading for four ways to create flowchart templates in Word.


How to make a flowchart template in Word

1.

Open a new document in Microsoft Word.

2.

Add a shape by selecting the Insert tab and clicking either SmartArt or Shapes.

3.

If you select SmartArt:

  • Choose a SmartArt graphic from the dialog that appears and click OK.
  • To replace your SmartArt, click the SmartArt Graphics (Insert > SmartArt) while your current graphic is selected, then choose a different flowchart type.
  • Continue to add shapes and connect them with lines until your flowchart is ready.

If you choose Shapes:

  • Click the shape you’d like to add, then click the page to see it pop up. Try clicking and dragging to set the shape’s height and width.
  • Continue to add shapes and connect them with lines until the flowchart is complete.

4.

To add connecting lines between shapes, click Insert > Shapes and click the desired line style. Then click and drag on the page to draw a line.

5.

Add details to each step by double-clicking the SmartArt graphic or Shape and typing. Fonts may be formatted from the dialog that appears next to the shape.

6.

For quick style changes, right-click a shape (or press Shift while clicking a selection of shapes) and choose from the menu options that appear.

7.

For more comprehensive formatting options, select the object. You’ll see either one tab (Format) or two tabs (Format and Design) appear in the ribbon. Add personality to your flowchart with the options in these tabs.

8.

You’re now ready to print or email your flowchart template from Word.


How to import a pre-made Lucidchart flowchart into Word

1.

Open this flowchart template in Lucidchart or choose from another flowchart template.

2.

Fill out the details on each step by double-clicking objects and typing.

3.

To alter the text formatting, select the text box by clicking it and choosing options from the properties bar at the top of the page.

4.

Change color fill and other graphical properties by selecting the object (or multiple objects with Shift + click), then using the properties bar on top or graphic panel on the right side of the page.

5.

Save the diagram as a .PNG file by clicking File > Download As and selecting the .PNG option.

6.

Open a Microsoft Word document, then click Insert > Pictures.

7.

You now have a finished flowchart template that can be saved and published from Word.


How to import a flowchart with Lucidchart's integration for Word 2013

1.

Open this flowchart template in Lucidchart, or create a flowchart of your own.

2.

Edit text and chart appearance by following steps 2 - 4 above.

3.

Open a blank Microsoft Word document, then click on the “Apps for Office” in the Insert tab of the ribbon.

4.

Locate Lucidchart in the App Store and click the Add button.

5.

Once the Lucidchart app is installed, click on the Apps for Office button to call up a sidebar of your Lucidchart documents.

6.

Select the flowchart diagram of your choice and click “Insert”.


How to import a Lucidchart flowchart as a photo background into Word

1.

Open this flowchart template in Lucidchart or create one from a blank template.

2.

Delete any text or elements that may interfere with overlaid elements in Microsoft Word.

3.

Adjust graphical settings as desired with the properties bar and graphic panel in the Lucidchart editor.

4.

Save the diagram as a .PNG file by clicking File > Download As and selecting the .PNG option.

5.

Open a Word document, then click Insert > Pictures. Choose the file you just downloaded.

6.

Click Insert > Text Box. Align your text boxes with the image, then double-click each text box to enter your own words.


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