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Most Frequently Used Flowchart Shapes You Need to Know

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.

Process Shape

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.

Decision with multiple conditions

Terminal points - Indicates the starting and ending points of a process.

start shapes

terminator shape

Data Shape - Indicates that information is coming into the process from outside, or leaving the process.

storedd data shape

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.

delay shape

Input/action symbol - Represents a user response that directs the course flow from that point onwards, i.e., an online test or questionnaire form.

manual input shape

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.

Off-page reference shape

Document- Represents a step that results in a document.

Document shape

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