Flowchart Shapes Description

Flowchart Shapes

Flowcharts are used to visualize processes which is why they are also called process diagrams. Each step of the flowchart represents a single action from the process that is being visualized.

There are many different flowchart shapes available in order to allow each specific step from the process to be easily distinguished from the rest of the steps. The main purpose of the various shapes is to allow quick differentiation between each stage with just one look.

Here is a detailed list of all flowchart shapes available in MyDraw:
Termination

Termination


The termination shape is used to present the beginning or the end of a process. This is the first shape to start your flowchart diagram with, and the one that ends it. The termination shape is usually named “Start” or “End”.
Process

Process


The process rectangle is the most basic shape when it comes to flowcharts. It represents a single step of a process describing an action.
Decision

Decision


The decision diamond-like shape is used when presenting an issue or a question. Each corner of the diamond shape could lead to a different outcome and line of direction for the process flow.
Document

Document


This shape represents a step from the process chart that produces a document or report.
Predefined document

Predefined Documents


The Predefined Document indicates a step of the process where predefined documents are being produced or saved.
Multi document

Multi Documents


This symbol represents a set of multiple documents or reports that are produced within the process.
Data

Data


The Data symbol stands for information or materials that will be imported or exported from the process. This shape is sometimes called Input/Output.
Predefined process

Predefined Process


The predefined process symbol represent another process that is either well-known or it has been defined elsewhere.
Stored data

Stored Data


This shape represent the step in the process when data is being stored.
Internal storage

Internal Storage


Stands for the step when data from the process is stored in memory, instead of in a file.
Sequential data

Sequential Data


The Sequential Data shape represents a step from the process where data gets stored in sequential manner.
Direct data

Direct Data


The Direct Data shape stands for a data storage location, where any single record of information can be accessed directly.
Manual input

Manual Input


The Manual Input symbol represents a step in the process where the information has to be manually entered into the system.
Manual operation

Manual Operation


The Manual Operation shape shows which step of the process is not automated and needs to be done manually.
Manual loop

Manual Loop


Manual Loop shape indicates a step of the process where a sequence of commands runs repeatedly until manually cancelled.
Card

Card


The Card shape is very strictly specified. It represent the old computer systems where cards used to be punched in order to store data from the process.
Paper tape

Paper Tape


The Paper Tape symbol represents the punching paper tape system of storing or importing data in the flowchart.
Display

Display


The Display symbol indicates a step from the process when data is being displayed to an operator or user.
Preparation

Preparation


The Preparation symbol indicates the preparation steps for the action that will be processed in the flowchart.
Loop limit

Loop Limit


The Loop Limit shape indicates the number of times a loop can run, before the next step of the flowchart gets activated.
Collate

Collate


The Collage shape indicates the step of the flowchart where the information used in the process is getting ordered into a standard format.
Delay

Delay


The Delay symbol indicates a step in the flowchart where the process needs to be delayed.
Extract

Extract


The Extract symbol shows the step where the process is being split into parallel paths.
Merge

Merge


The Merge symbol shows the step where different processes are being merged into one.
Or

Or


The Or shapes indicates the step after which the process continues split to more than two branches.
Sort

Sort


The Sort shape indicates a step where information from the process is getting sorted based on some pre-defined criteria.
Summing junction

Summing Junction


The Summing Junction indicates the step where multiple brunches get converged into a single process again.
Database

Database


The Database symbol stands for a standard structured storage location where data can be searched and sorted.
On page reference

On Page Reference


The On Page Reference shape shows that the next or previous step of the flowchart is located someplace else on the page.
Off page reference

Off Page Reference


The Off Page Reference shape shows that the flowchart continuous on a different page.
Process iso 9000

Process Iso 9000


The "Process Iso 9000" shape shows a step of the flowchart that indicates the beginning of a process of approving by the Iso 9000 standard.
Transport

Transport


The Transport shape represents the step where information or materials are being transported from the process.