Drawing a data flow diagram by hand is time and energy-consuming. Formatting in Visio is cumbersome, too. That stops now. We are going to show you how to do it in a simple and easy way.
To create a new data flow diagram, click File tab, point to New.-> Click Flowchart, and then double click the icon of Data Flow Diagram.
Drag and drop shapes from the Data Flow Diagram library onto the canvas to represent external sources, states, or entities involved in the data flow you are documenting. Drag the green square handles to resize shapes.
You can use Same Size tool under Home tab to let several shapes have the same size quickly.
Indicate the flow of data in your diagram with Center to center shapes.
The built-in data flow shapes are designed with connection points that allow auto connection.
Similarly, indicate data loops using Loop on center shapes.
You can also use the Connector tool to connect shapes manually.
To add a background, go to Page Layout tab and then:
By changing Data Flow Diagram theme, you can enhance fill, line and text style altogether at 1 click.
Switch to Page Layout tab, select another theme.
Click Save on File tab to save as the default format. Choose Save as on File tab to save as other formats.
You can choose to save in local files or save in your Cloud. Saving it in Team Cloud can share it with more people.
Hit Export & Send under File to export the DFD as images, PowerPoint slides and web documents and so on.
If the drawing page is larger than the print paper, the drawing will be printed on more than 1 paper.
To print it on only 1 paper,
click More Print Setup... and then choose Fit to.
Here are some DFD examples. They can help you get inspired and get started quickly to create fishbone diagrams.
Give Edraw Data Flow software a shot. Download and try it for free.