Most Used Flowchart Shapes You Need Know
If you are preparing a simple flowchart and have not enough time to learn all flowchart details, you can read the follow article to learn the most used flowchart shapes.
Edraw suggests you to use the
standard flowchart shapes to begin your work.
Because others can understand more accurately and comprehensively by using a
set of common, uniform flow chart symbols.
Currently, the standard of the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) has defined the flowchart shape standard.
The following diagram lists the most frequently used flowchart shapes. If you want to know all the flowchart shapes, click this link: A Comprehensive Collection of Flowchart Shapes
Process - Represents a process or step in the
- Indicates a
point where the outcome of a decision dictates the next step. There can be
multiple outcomes, but often there are just two - yes and no.
Decision represents the choice made by the user from mutually exclusive options, e.g., a
student choose among different lesson plans.
Terminal points - Indicates the starting and ending points of a process.
Data Shape - Indicates that information is coming into
the process from outside, or leaving the process.
Delay shape - Represents a waiting period where no
activity is done. In Process Mapping, delays are often important as they may
result in adding to the cost of the product or simply delaying its production.
Input/action symbol - Represents a user response
that directs the course flow from that point onwards, i.e., an online test
or questionnaire form.
Off-page reference - Use
a set of hyperlinks between two pages of a flowchart or between a
sub-process shape and a separate flowchart page that shows the steps in that
Document- Represents a step that results in a
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