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> Flowchart How-Tos > Create and Design Your Own Workflow Diagram
Posted by James Freeman | 10/31/2019
We know that workflow diagrams are commonly used in businesses and organizations. Through Edraw, users can create high-quality workflow diagrams with least effort. Below is a simple guide on how to create workflow diagram with Edraw.

Workflow Diagram Overview

Workflow Diagram Example

A Workflow Diagram is a visual step-by-step guideline for completing a task or process. A successfully-built workflow chart not only depicts the flow of tasks and the steps to complete a job, but also identifies the critical steps and locates problem areas. It works as an invaluable analytical tool to help increase efficiency and avoid bottlenecks.

It enables every member involved in the work to understand the work sequence and what department will be handling what duties. It allows them to better understand not only their job responsibilities, but also other members' roles, which increases accountability.

Learn Simple Steps to Make A Workflow Diagram here.

How to Create a Workflow Diagram

Workflow Diagram Template

Start with the Exact Template

In Edraw, the Workflow Diagram Template helps you easily create workflow diagrams using extensive built-in symbols. Find Workflow template from Business Diagram Category on the starting page and double click to enter the drawing page. You will discover abundant symbols and easy-to-use tools available for workflow diagrams.

Use Standard Built-in Symbols

Apart from basic flowchart shapes, Edraw also offers a large amount of high-quality built-in workflow symbols, which are categorized in three groups in the library as workflow objects, workflow steps and workflow departments. Besides, numerous illustrations are also available in use. All the symbols are in vector format and allowed for modification. Simply drag and drop any symbol you would like to use from the library pane. If you want to learn more on this part, please visit Workflow Diagram Shapes page for more information.

Workflow Symbols

Basic Steps:

1. Start a blank workflow diagram drawing page:
On the File menu, point to New, point to Business Diagram under Available Templates, and double click the Workflow Diagram template. A new drawing page will open.
2. Add shapes:
Go to the library pane on the left of the canvas. Drag the shapes you need onto the canvas.
3. Edit text:
Double click a shape to edit text.
4. Resize a shape:
Click on the shape once to select the shape, and drag the green control handles to resize the shape.
5. Use floating arrows to connect an adjacent shape:
Hover your mouse over each shape and click one of the arrows that appears along its border to link it to an adjacent shape with a connector.
Connect to Adjacent Shape
6. Change connector style:
Right click on a connector and choose Convert to Right-Angle (Curved/Straight) Connector to directly change the connector style. To change the line color, weight, arrow style and etc., please go to Home tab, Line button for more options. Read Line and Line Ends to learn more about line setting. Please refer to Fine Tune Workflow Diagrams for detailed guide about final touches.
Set Connector Style

7. Print: When a workflow diagram is done, it's easy to print and share with more people. On the file menu, point to Print to set for print options. You can change settings with fewer clicks and see the print preview in real time. Go to Print Edraw Diagrams for detailed information about printing.

8. Export: Edraw offers support for exporting your diagram to various formats, including Microsoft Office, PDF, and many other graphic formats. On the File menu, point to Export & Send for Export options. Find more instructions on Export Edraw to other Formats.

Workflow Examples

Taxi Service Workflow Material Management Workflow Order Workflow
Taxi Service Workflow Material Management Workflow Order Workflow

Features Make Edraw the Best Workflow Diagram Software:

  1. Edraw includes lots of built-in symbols and graphics for creating presentation-quality workflow diagrams.
  2. The Ribbon-like interface is very straightforward to use. You don't have to spend much time to learn.
  3. It has built in a set of nice looking themes with advanced effects. It's easy to change the whole diagram by changing the active theme with just a few clicks. You don't have to be professional in designing.
  4. All Edraw documents are vector graphic files with high clarity and available for reviewing and modifying.
  5. A set of smart tools are provided for automatic formatting. You can easily arrange, rotate, group and align objects with these smart tools.
  6. Edraw offers various customization options, using which you can adjust line width, line color, line style, font size, font style, text color, and much more.
  7. It's easy to add photos, images and edit text fields.

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