The process flow chart is a diagram that shows the steps involved in a process. Some of these symbols are used to indicate what kind of step is being described. In contrast, others represent logical decisions or items that are being transferred between sections in the diagram. This article will provide 15 different notations or symbols that can be used in a process flow chart.

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Start/End

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The start and end symbol look like an oval with a double horizontal line on top. The double line indicates the beginning and the end of something.

Decision Symbol

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A symbol that represents when there is decision-making within a process is represented by an arrow pointing at two parallel lines. If it does not mean at any parallel lines, there is no decision being made.

Data Input/Output

A rectangle represents a data input or output symbol with three horizontal lines on its right side. If things are being transferred into an area, they are shown using solid lines, while dashed lines are used for outputs. An example of this would be if money were moving from one place to another, with the solid line showing the actual transfer and the dashed line indicating where it came from before a person shifted it.

Document

The document symbol consists of two parallel dotted lines with a dashed line to indicate what type of document is referred to in this step. A hand pointing at these symbols means that something needs to be signed, while solid lines represent a record being transferred between sections.

Human Input

A human input symbol has two dotted vertical lines, with three wavy horizontal lines on its right side, representing the action that is to be performed. An example of this would be signing off on something within a specific section of the flow chart.

Machine

Suppose there are any steps where machines are involved in performing actions. In that case, they can be indicated with a rectangle containing diagonal arrows on either end, which point at two parallel horizontal lines. If no parallel lines are shown, then it means that no machines are involved in processing an item or step within this process flow chart.

Data Output

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The data output symbol is represented by two parallel vertical lines with a line attached to the right side indicating what type of data is being produced. An example of this would be money leaving an area, as it would first be transferred in and then out through this workflow chart. Likewise, if data were moving from one place to another, a solid line would indicate the transfer going into the next step, while a dashed line would show where it came from before a person shifted it on.

Conclusion

This notation shows that something has been concluded within a specific section of the diagram. It consists of three diagonal arrows pointing at each other with either dashed or solid lines between them representing whether or not this feature needs to be completed within certain sections of the flow chart program. If there is no arrow coming in or out of this notation, then it means that everything is done at once without any other processes taking place.

Document Output

A document output symbol consists of two parallel vertical lines attached to the bottom right side of them, which indicates what kind of document has been produced within the section where this feature has taken place. An example would be if a certain amount of money were being transferred from one location to another as part of the movement through a process flow chart. Then after that happened, it printed a receipt for that transaction showing how much money each party involved had received.

Process

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The process symbol looks like an oval with three parallel solid lines, indicating that no machines are involved in processing something within this specific step or section of the process flow chart.

Final Product

The final product notation shows that something has been completed within a specific section of the diagram and consists of three diagonal arrows pointing at each other with either dashed or solid lines between them representing whether or not this feature needs to be completed within certain sections of the flow chart. If there is no arrow coming in or out of this notation, then it means everything is done at once without any other processes taking place. Creating a flowchart in Venngage is more accessible as they have several templates that you can use.

Report

A report symbol contains two parallel horizontal lines with a line attached to the bottom right side, indicating what type of report has been produced during the procedures where this feature occurs. An example would be a document created at the end of a specific transaction detailing how it spent this money and what was done with it.

Data Input

The data input symbol consists of two parallel horizontal lines with three curved or wavy vertical lines on the right side, representing the action to be performed within this step or section of where this feature takes place. It can also be seen as a set of instructions for someone to fulfill, in which case they would take information from this notation and use them to create another form that has been assigned a different number by a system somewhere else to properly sort through all the various requests that have been made.

Point

A start point symbol, also known as a point, is represented by a circle with one dashed line attached to its bottom, which indicates what is being started within this step or section. This symbol also contains two curved lines on either side of the circular feature connecting it to other points involved in this particular section. Make a flowchart now using Venngage for a much easier process.

Decision

A decision notation consists of three diagonal arrows pointing at each other with either dashed or solid lines between them representing whether or not this feature needs completing within certain sections of the flow chart. If no arrows are coming in or out of this notation, then everything has been finished, and there are no other processes taking place after that is done. You may also look for a flow chart example in Venngage for more accessible templates.

If you still don’t know how to jumpstart your process flowchart from scratch, don’t worry too much. Venngage will help you with this process through its wide array of templates. What’s good about this is that they house the correct notations and symbols as well!


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