posted this on August 14, 2013 04:38 PM
Drag a shape from the flowchart shape library to the canvas.
Double-click the shape to add text.
To drag out a line from the shape, hover over it and drag from the connection points that appear.
Once you release your mouse, you'll be prompted to add a new shape. This option can be turned off from the Lucidchart icon > Preferences.
Continue to add shapes and draw lines until the flowchart is complete.
Format the diagram as desired. If you're not sure where to start, see our tutorials on formatting shapes, formatting lines and arrows, and using document themes.
To distinguish between responsibilities and sub-processes, see our tutorial on adding and using swimlanes.
Arrows: Show the general direction of the chart and the next steps in a path.
Connector: Connects separate elements across one page. Used within complex charts.
Data (I/O): Represents input, output, or resources used or generated.
Database: Represents a database.
Decision: Indicates a question to be answered—usually yes/no or true/false. The path may change depending on the answer.
Delay: Indicates a delay or waiting period in a process.
Direct Access Storage (Hard Disk): Represents data storage on a hard drive.
Display: Refers to information being shown to a user, often with a computer monitor.
Document: Represents a document or report.
Internal Storage: Represents data stored in random-access memory (RAM).
Manual Input: Represents the manual input of data into a computer, usually through a keyboard.
Manual Operation: Indicates a step that must be done manually, not automatically.
Merge: Combines multiple paths.
Multiple Documents: Represents multiple documents or reports.
Note: Shows comments on a flowchart.
Off-Page Link: Connects separate elements across multiple pages. Used within complex charts.
Or: Represents a path that diverges.
Paper Tape: Represents input or output.
Predefined Process: Indicates a complicated process or operation that is well-known or defined elsewhere.
Preparation: Represents preparation for upcoming steps.
Process: Shows a process, action, or operation.
Stored Data: Represents data housed on a storage device.
Summing Junction: Sums the input of several converging paths.
Terminator: Represents the start points, end points, and potential outcomes of a path.
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