How to Create a Flowchart in Word

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Microsoft Word can be used to create a flowchart by selecting the "Shapes" icon under the "Illustrations" section. Create an item for a flowchart in Word that starts with a process with help from a software developer in this free video on Microsoft Word.

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Hi my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to create a flowchart in Microsoft Word. Let's go to our computer and we're going to open up Word by clicking on the Start button, let's go to all programs, let's find Microsoft Office and we're going to click on Word 2007. Now once your document is open, we're going to go to the insert tab and then under the illustration sections you'll see a shapes icon. Just click the little drop down next to that and under the shapes menu, you're going to find a flowchart section. Now I'm going to create an item here starting with a process. So I'm going to just start with a process, click on it and my process is going to be called evaluate employees. I'm going to start, I'm going to make it the blue color. I'm just going to double click, or actually right click on it and select add text. So my process is going to be evaluate employees. Now we need to make a decision in this case so let's go to insert again, under shapes and I'm just going to create a, I'm just going to pick an arrow rather under my lines or you can use the block arrows, I think the block arrows look kind of look better so I'm going to choose a downward pointing arrow. I'm going to draw a little arrow pointing down and it's also going to be blue. So I'm going to insert again and this time I'm going to insert the decision under the flowcharts. So I'm going to click on the sort of square turned on it's side shape. I'm going to make it red and then I'm going to right click on it and say add text, say good evaluation, I need to make it larger. Now let's move that over a little bit. Now you can have a yes and a no coming off of that very easily just by creating arrows for them. So here's going to be my yes and it will be black and here's going to be my no and it will be black. So just right click on it and say add text. I want to press the Enter key here, scoot it over and I'm going to say yes. Now I need to make that bigger. No. And now I can drop yet another rectangle to be used as a process to continue with my flowchart.


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