There are a couple of ways to help you create flow charts on Google Docs. While the in-built option available on Google Docs provides most of the needed functionality, you can also opt for third-party options for templates and other small features that are specially designed to create flow charts. Here’s how you can create flow charts on Google docs using both in-built methods and third-party add-ons.

how to make a flow chart on google docs

How to Create Flow Chart on Google Docs

1. First, open and click on the plus + icon to open a new document.
plus iocn in google docs

Alternatively, you can also open Google Drive, click on the New button and select the Google Docs option in the drop-down.

2. This will open the new document. By default, the document will be in the portrait. If your flow chart is horizontal, you can change the document to landscape by selecting the File option in the menubar, then choosing the Page Setup option in the drop-down.

page setup on google docs

3. In the pop-up window, select the Landscape option and click on OK. This will turn the document into a landscape.

page setup to landscape on google docs

4. We can add the flow chart with the help of the Google docs drawing option. To access that, click on the Insert option in the menu bar, then hover on the Drawing option. Finally, click on the +New option to create a new document.

new drawing on google docs

5. This will open a blank Google Drawing canvas where you can add flow chart shapes. To add, click on the Shape icon (A circle with a square icon) in the toolbar, then select the Shapes option.

6. Here, you should find the flow chart shapes at the bottom of the menu.

flow chart names on google drawing on google docs

7. Just click on the shapes to add them to draw. You can also hover over any shape to know about it if you are unfamiliar.

8. Once the shapes are added, adjust the shape’s size. You can also copy-paste shapes to maintain similar size and consistency.

size adjusting the shapes in google drawing

9. You can add arrows between the shapes by selecting a line tool in the toolbar, then select the Arrow option or Elbow connecter option to add arrows.

arrow option in google docs

10. Just drag from one box to another to create an arrow between them. Hold shift and drag to draw the arrows at the perfect angle.

arrow between shapes on google drawing from flow chart

11. Now you can add text to the flow chart by clicking on the Text icon (T letter in a square box) in the toolbar.

12. Just type and resize the text box. You can also click on the three-dot menu in the toolbar to customize the size, color, indent, and other text formatting needs.

text in google drawing

13. Also, you can change the color of the boxes. Click on the box in the flow chart, then select the color bucket option in the toolbar. Here select the color you need for that specific box. This way, you can easily differentiate and make the flow chart glanceable.

changing color of shape on google drawing

14. Once done, click on the Save and close option at the top of the pop-up window to add that flowchart directly into Google docs.

save and close on google drawing on google docs

15. Even later, you can click on the flow chart on the document, then select the Edit option to edit the flow chart to your need.

edit option of google drawing flow chart on google docs

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How to Use Third-Party Drawing Tools to Create Flowcharts on Google Docs

While the inbuilt Google Drawing is a great and easy option for creating flowcharts on Google Docs, third-party options like Lucidchart provide more flowchart templates and an even better drag-and-drop style flow-chat creation process.

1. To create a flow chart with Lucidchart, first, we need to add the Lucidchart add-on to Google Docs. To do that, click on the Extensions option in the menu bar. Now hover on the Add-ons option and select the Get add-ons from the sub-menu.

how to make a flow chart in google docs - get add ons

2. Google’s add-on marketplace will open in a pop-up. Here search for the Lucidchart add-on and open it.

lucidchart add-on on google docs

3. Now click on the Install button to add Lucidchart to Google Workspace. Then click on the Continue option in the pop-up to grant permission and confirm the installation.

lucidchart diagrams install

4. Once done, to add flow charts, click on the Extensions option in the menu bar and select the Lucidchart Diagrams option in the menu. Then select the Insert Diagram option from the sub-menu.

insert diagram google docs extension

5. It will open Lucidchart in the sidebar on Google Docs. Click on the Plus + icon at the bottom to create a flow chart.

lucidchart plus icon

6. Here select the Flowchart option to start from the basic flowchart template, or you can click on the Blank option to start from scratch. Here we are selecting the Flowchart option as it comes with all the needed tools in place without any configuration.flowchart or blank canvas

7. This will open the Lucidchart in a new tab; you can delete the existing template or make changes to it. All the shapes are available in the left sidebar all the time. Just drag and drop them into the canvas to add.

lucidchart sidebar flowchart

8. Lucidchart does a much better job customizing flow charts as there is a grid background for you to size the shapes and place them perfectly. You also get auto-prompts for perfect placement. It will make the flow chart look more professional.

autoprompt google docs lucidchart

9. With Lucidchart, you don’t have to add text boxes. Just click on any shape in the flowchart and start typing to add text.

lucidchart text box

10. Also, you don’t have to add arrows; just hover on any shape to get circles around the shape. Drag from the circle to the other shape to draw an arrow between them.

lucidchart arrows

11. You can customize the shape, text inside it, and arrows around it from the toolbar available at the top. You can also select multiple shapes in the flow chart and move them or customize them together.

selecting multiple nodes

12. Anyhow, you can also drag and drop arrows and text boxes if you need to.

13. Once done, click on the File option in the menu bar and select Save. Then click on the back to docs option at the top left corner. It should close the Lucidchart tab.

lucidchart save

14. Now click on My diagrams from the Lucidchart sidebar and hover on the flow chart that you want to add. You should see a Plus + icon, click on it to insert it into Google Docs.

adding lucidchart to google docs

15. This should add the flow chart to Google Docs without any grid in the background. To edit, you can click on Extensions > Lucidchart. In the sidebar, hover on the flowchart diagram and click on the edit option.

edit option lucidchart

Create Flowchart on Google Docs with Ease

Apart from just flowcharts, you can use the same technique to upload other types of drawing on Google Docs. Or even move the entire document on Google Docs into a Google Sheet.

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