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Chapter 9. Creating Flowcharts > Understanding Flowcharts in Visio

Understanding Flowcharts in Visio

What is a flowchart? In Visio terms, it’s any of several templates stored in the Flowcharts folder that you can use to create a connected diagram. Most flowcharts (also called flow sheets or flow diagrams) include text and lines that imply a process or order, but such a simple explanation doesn’t adequately express the variety of diagrams that you can create, as Figure 9-1 shows. A flowchart can schematically represent items in a structure, steps in a process, or a chronology. For example, you can use a flowchart to depict the sequence of operations in an accounting system, departmental interdependencies in a new process, or the steps that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. To Visio, they’re all types of information that a connected diagram, or flowchart, can convey.

Figure 9-1. You can use a flowchart template to create a variety of diagrams, all of which organize information in a sequence or hierarchy.



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