Microsoft Visio is software for drawing a variety of diagrams. These include flowcharts, org charts, building plans, floor plans, data flow diagrams, process flow diagrams, business process modeling, swimlane diagrams, 3D maps, and many more.
What the flowchart shapes represent
When you open the Basic Flowchart template, the Basic Flowchart Shapes stencil opens too. Each shape on the stencil represents a different kind of step in a process. However, there is no standard, universal meaning for the shapes. Any shape can carry whatever meaning is agreed on by the people who create and read the flowcharts. Most flowcharts tend to use only three or four of the shapes unless there is a clear business reason to use more.
That said, Visio shapes have names that suggest their most common uses. Here are some of the most common shapes:
Visio is a dynamic program that allows users to create diagrams for presentations, whether it’s a simple flowchart or complicated network mapping visualization. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a well-made diagram can answer a thousand questions.
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