Create Fishbone Diagram for Word

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Fishbone diagram is a common visualization tool for capturing possible causes of problems in business. Edraw Max offers you quick and convenient solutions to make professional-looking fishbone diagrams for Word in seconds.

Overview of Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone diagram is actually a metaphorical saying of cause-and-effect diagram. A fishbone diagram is a visualized tool for categorizing the potential causes of a problem to identify the root causes, and helps employees avoid solutions that merely address the symptoms of a much larger problem. No matter in meetings, group discussions or presentations, a fishbone diagram gives you a leg up in getting organized and better prepared to analyze a problem clearly.

Introduction of a Fishbone Diagram for Word Maker

When analyzing potential causes for a certain problem, spending much time in collecting the causes and writing them down will not only distract your mind but also decrease your efficiency. Edraw Max can be a good tool to finish your brainstorming and work with high-efficiency, thus saving you plenty of time.

Fishbone Diagram for Word

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Basic Steps to Make a Fishbone Diagram

Watch the video below and follow the step-by-step guide, you will create a fishbone diagram in minutes.

  1. An easy approach to make a fishbone diagram is to use the pre-made templates Edraw Max has designed for you. Click New, select Business Diagram, and then click Cause and Effect (Fishbone), you will see some ready-made examples. Choose the example you like, click on it to open it and make some adjustments to it, and your own fishbone diagram has come into being.
  2. Press Ctrl + N to create a blank diagram.
  3. To add a symbol, drag it from the library pane; connect it to its upper level (the connecting points turn red when they are connected). Edraw Max has already set connecting points in an even distribution, so no worries about the distance between symbols.
  4. Each category shape is set with a yellow control handle. Drag it with your mouse to set the length and direction of the line.
  5. Different from category shapes, cause shapes are designed with two yellow control points: one for adjusting length and direction of the line , the other for placing it in a proper position. Drag the control handles to fit your map.
  6. Use normal tools to adjust the font, colors and background etc. to make your fishbone diagram a modern and professional one.

Save and Export File to Word

One of the stunning superiority of Edraw Max is that it can export your file to various formats in one click, including Graphics format, HTML file, MS Office word, MS Office PPT, MS Office Excel, and Visio VSDX Format etc.

To save or export file to Word, do one of the following:

  • Click Save, choose saving type as Word Format (.docx) from the drop down menu. 
  • Click Export to Office, and choose MS Word File, then save it.

You are reminded that the exported file is accessible and editable in Microsoft Office Word 2010 and later versions correctly.

Fishbone Diagram Symbols and Examples for Word

You might need these examples of fishbone diagram. They are allowed to download and editable.

Fishbone Diagram Guide
Service Problem Ishikawa Diagram
Reading Interest Fishbone
Fishbone Diagram Guide
Service Problem Ishikawa Diagram
Reading Interest Fishbone
It's easy to add notes and callouts in the fishbone diagram.
This fishbone diagram shows the underlying factors of service problem.
You can see some potential reasons of the problem why children are lack of reading interest.

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