If you are preparing a simple flowchart and have not enough time to learn all flowchart details, you can read the follow article to learn the most frequently used flowchart shapes.
Edraw suggests you to use the standard flowchart shapes to begin your work. Because others can understand more accurately and comprehensively by using a set of common, uniform flow chart symbols.
Currently, the standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has defined the flowchart shape standard. The following diagram lists the most frequently used flowchart shapes.
Process - Represents a process or step in the flowchart.
Decision - Indicates a point where the outcome of a decision dictates the next step. There can be multiple outcomes, but often there are just two - yes and no.
Terminal points - Indicates the starting and ending points of a process.
Data Shape - Indicates that information is coming into the process from outside, or leaving the process.
Delay shape - Represents a waiting period where no activity is done. In Process Mapping, delays are often important as they may result in adding to the cost of the product or simply delaying its production.
Input/action symbol - Represents a user response that directs the course flow from that point onwards, i.e., an online test or questionnaire form.
Represents the choice made by the user from mutually exclusive options, e.g., a student choose among different lesson plans.
Off-page reference - Use a set of hyperlinks between two pages of a flowchart or between a sub-process shape and a separate flowchart page that shows the steps in that sub-process.
Document- Represents a step that results in a document.