PowerPoint Flowchart Template

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Flowcharts are popular tools in business, academia, and other fields because they display information in an attractive format. A flowchart uses standard symbols and lines to communicate the general flow and specific steps of a process.

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Creating Flowchart Templates in PowerPoint

Although PowerPoint is usually reserved for slideshows and presentations, it can also be used to sketch out flowcharts. Follow this guide to make and edit basic flowchart templates in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

Remember that while PowerPoint can double as an image creation tool, there are several disadvantages to this approach. Each element that you add, from text boxes to lines, remains static. In contrast, Lucidchart’s interface and objects are highly responsive; plus, you can add interactivity and work in real-time with others.

Read on for three ways to create flowchart templates in PowerPoint.


How to make a flowchart template in PowerPoint

1.

Open a new presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint.

2.

Add shapes to a slide 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, select it and click the SmartArt Graphics (Insert > SmartArt). Then select another flowchart type.
  • Continue to add shapes and connect them with lines until the flowchart is complete.

If you choose Shapes:

  • Select the shape you want to add, then click the slide to insert. You can also click and drag to set the shape’s dimensions.
  • Continue to add shapes and connect them with lines until your flowchart is ready.

4.

Connect shapes with lines by clicking Insert > Shapes. Choose a desired line style, then click and drag on the slide to draw a line.

5.

Add details to each step by double-clicking the SmartArt graphic or Shape and typing. Alter fonts with the dialog that appears next to the shape.

6.

For quick style changes, right-click a shape, or right-click while holding Shift on 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. Click a tab to expand. You can customize your flowchart with the buttons in these tabs.

8.

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


How to import a complete Lucidchart flowchart into PowerPoint

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 PowerPoint presentation, then click Insert > Pictures.

7.

You now have a great-looking flowchart that can be saved and published from PowerPoint.


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

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 the PowerPoint presentation.

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 PowerPoint slide, 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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