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Posted by Allison Lynch | 11/27/2020
Draw a new basic flowchart is by starting with a Edraw flowchart templates and examples.

Basic Flowchart

Edraw Flowchart is a new flowchart tool. It can not only draw the basic flowcharts easily, but also highlight flowcharts, data flowchart and business process flowchart. It can be used to:

  1. make a flowchart
  2. design a flowchart
  3. create flowchart construction etc.

Use a variety of drawing tools, smart connectors and shape libraries to create flowcharts of complex processes, procedures and information exchange. Define and document basic work and data flows, financial, production and quality management processes to increase efficiency of you business.

Basic Flowchart Software

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Free basic flowchart examples and templates are also available in the software package.

Edraw Flowchart allows you to more easily create a flowchart by providing the following possibilities for a flowchart:

  1. a variety of drawing tools, smart connectors and drag-and-drop shape libraries to create flow charts of complex processes, procedures and information exchanges
  2. libraries and templates for audit flowcharts, data flow diagrams, cause & effect diagrams, IDEF0 Flowcharts and SDL Diagrams, cross-functional flowcharts and more

Basic Flowchart Examples

Create flowcharts, top-down diagrams, information tracking diagrams, process planning diagrams and structure prediction diagrams.

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What's a Flowchart

Flowcharts are maps or graphical representations of a process. Steps in a process are shown with symbolic shapes, and the flow of the process is indicated by arrows connecting the symbols. Computer programmers popularized flowcharts in the 1960s, using them to map the logic of programs. In quality improvement work, flowcharts are particularly useful for displaying how a process currently functions or can ideally function. Flowcharts can help you see whether the steps of a process are logical, uncover problems or miscommunications, define the boundaries of a process, and develop a common base of knowledge about a process. Flowcharting a process often brings to light redundancies, delays, dead ends, and indirect paths that would otherwise remain unnoticed or ignored. But flowcharts don't work if they aren't accurate, if team members are afraid to describe what actually happens, or if the team is too far removed from the actual workings of the process.

Basic Flowchart Symbols

Flowcharts use special shapes to represent different types of actions or steps in a process. Lines and arrows show the sequence of the steps and the relationships among them.

basic flowchart symbols

Basic Usage
Start and end
represented by lozenges, ovals or rounded rectangles, usually contain the word "Start" or "End", or another phrase signaling the start or end of a process, such as "submit enquiry" or "receive product".
show what's called "flow of control" in computer science. An arrow coming from one symbol and ending at another symbol signifies flow passes to the symbol the arrow points to.
Processing steps
represented by rectangles. Examples: "Add 1 to X"; "replace identified part"; "save changes" or similar.
represented by a parallelogram. Examples: Get X from the user; display X.
is represented by a diamond (rhombus). These typically contain a Yes/No question or True/False test. This symbol is unique in that it has two arrows coming out of it, usually from the bottom point and right point, with one corresponding to Yes or True, and the other one corresponding to No or False. The arrows should always be labeled. More than two arrows can be used, but this is normally a clear indicator that a complex decision is being taken, in which case, it may need to be broken-down further, or replaced with the "pre-defined process" symbol.
represented by a rectangle with a wavy base;
Manual input
represented by a rectangle, with the top irregularly sloping up from left to right. An example would signify data-entry from a form;
Manual operation
represented by a trapezoid with the longest parallel side upmost, to represent an operation or adjustment to process that can only be made manually.
Data File
represented by a cylinder.

How to Draw a Basic Flowchart

The easiest way to draw a new flowchart is starting with an Edraw template.
Simply choose New from the File menu, then select from the vast array of flowchart examples available at your fingertips under the Samples Pane.
Templates and examples listed under this category have all the special settings for grid snaps, line- and shape-linking, wizards, and other crucial attributes that make it easy to draw a flowchart.
You can start with an example that closely resembles your project or you can start with a blank page by choosing New Document.
To choose a template, double-click on it.

Note: If you don't see a flowchart library docked in your work area, click on the Symbols tab librarywindowsintheleftpaneltobrowseyourEdrawExplorerfortheappropriatesymbols.You'll also find additional flowcharting symbols with professionally-designed styles and more.

Some helpful templates are Arrow Shapes, Backgrounds, Basic Drawing Shapes, Basic Flowchart Shapes, Data Flow Diagram Shapes, IDEF0 Diagram Shapes, SDL Diagram Shapes, Work Flow Diagram Shapes, Value Stream Mapping, and Audit Flow Diagram Shapes.

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