2022-09-06 10:19:44 • Filed to:
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Do you know how to create a flowchart in PowerPoint the easy way? Most people struggle through creating a flowchart simply because they aren't aware of the right method. This article shows you the most convenient way to add and edit a flowchart in various versions of PowerPoint. In addition, when you want to distribute such a document in a different format like PDF, we've got a compelling tool - Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor that you can use in Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android to convert PPT to PDF and get the job done accurately and efficiently.
First, let's look at the PowerPoint feature that allows you to create flowcharts and other visually engaging elements. Since a flowchart uses standard shapes to represent the various parts of a process, we can use the Shapes feature in PowerPoint to make the job easier. There are essentially four elements you'll be using over and over again: a start and end node, a stage element, a decision element, and a connector, as shown in the diagram below:
All these elements are available in the Shapes module of PowerPoint, plus you have a number of other elements you can use, depending on the complexity of your process. In addition, you can customize the way these elements look by changing colors, borders, fonts, etc. It is important to note that if you already have a bullet list of your process parts, it is even easier to convert that into a beautiful flowchart. Let's begin with creating one. The following processes are applicable to all PowerPoint versions beginning from PowerPoint 2007 right up to PowerPoint 2019 and PowerPoint for Office 365.
Note: If you make a mistake adding the wrong element, you can simply edit it by going to "Format" → "Drawing Tools" → "Insert Shapes" → "Edit Shape." There's no need to delete it and have to add the text again in the new element. The element chosen will automatically size itself to suit the current text.
To create a flowchart from existing text bullet points, just follow the steps shown here:
After conversion, you may need to make some corrections like moving processes to a different position, and so on. The advantage here is that you have more graphically appealing flowchart elements when compared to the Shapes option. In fact, you can even use SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 to create flowcharts from scratch, but your options might be limited.
Once you've created your presentation, you may want to save the file to an archive. The best way to do this is to convert it to PDF, but many online options and even downloadable applications do a poor job of retaining the original format, layout, etc. For that reason, we encourage you to try PDFelement, a professional PDF editor that lets you create, edit, convert, annotate, protect, and sign PDF documents.
Advanced features in the Professional version include batch processes, advanced OCR, form recognition, form data extraction, etc., but even the Standard version offers an impressive range of creating, editing, annotating, converting, page management, and other features suited to day-to-day PDF workflows.
Below, we've shown you how to do four simple tasks:
Task 1: Annotate PDF
Task 2: Edit PDF
Task 3: Convert PDF
Task 4: Create PDF Forms
You can also convert non-fillable forms into interactive ones by using the "Form Recognition" button in the "Form" section of PDFelement. This instantly (one-click conversion) reads the fields and converts them into editable ones.