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Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning

Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning

Flowcharts are the best for visually representation the business processes and the flow of a custom-order process through various departments within an organization. ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with Flowcharts solution offers the full set of predesigned basic flowchart symbols which are gathered at two libraries: Flowchart and Flowcharts Rapid Draw. Among them are: process, terminator, decision, data, document, display, manual loop, and many other specific symbols. The meaning for each symbol offered by ConceptDraw gives the presentation about their proposed use in professional Flowcharts for business and technical processes, software algorithms, well-developed structures of web sites, Workflow diagrams, Process flow diagram and correlation in developing on-line instructional projects or business process system. Use of ready flow chart symbols in diagrams is incredibly useful - you need simply drag desired from the libraries to your document and arrange them in required order. There are a few serious alternatives to Visio for Mac, one of them is ConceptDraw PRO. It is one of the main contender with the most similar features and capabilities. Read more

Business Process Flowchart Symbols

Business process modeling is known in the corporate world as an excellent tool which can speak. Business process flowcharts, diagrams and maps are used to define the business processes in terms of inputs and outputs, to visually represent and effectively explain complex business processes of an enterprise, and also showcase decisions on a single piece of paper. The process of business process mapping supposes the use of special business process flowchart symbols predefined by Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and taking their roots from the data processing diagrams and programming flow charts. In other words the BPMN standard notation is a common language used for business process design and implementation, that guarantees a clarity of designed Business Process Flowcharts for all business analysts, technical developers and business managers. The ability to create professionally-looking Business Process flowcharts, maps and diagrams, is provided by powerful ConceptDraw PRO software and the Business Process Mapping solution included to ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
"Classic TQM Tools ...
Flow Charts Pictures, symbols or text coupled with lines, arrows on lines show direction of flow. Flowcharting enables
modeling of processes; problems/opportunities and decision points etc. It develops a common understanding of a process by those in
volved." []
The vector stencils library TQM diagrams contains 58 symbols for drawing total quality management (TQM) flow charts using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software.
The example "Design elements - TQM diagram" is included in the Total Quality Management (TQM) Diagrams solution from the Quality area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
TQM flow chart symbols
TQM flow chart symbols, work flow loop, transportation, system support, system function, system database, store, storage, storage, selectable process, refinement, procedure, organization function, operation, inspection, operation, off-page reference, multi in/out decision, multi-input, move, metric, issue, interrupt, inspection, measurement, inspection, inbound goods, force-field analysis, fish frame, cause-and-effect, fishbone, feedback arrow, fabrication, external process, external organization, external control, effect, delay, decision, connector, connected issues, cause, category, X-function, 2-part metric, two-part metric, 2-part function, two-part function,
The vector stencils library "HR flowchart" contains 62 flowchart symbols.
Use it to draw your HR flowcharts, workflow diagrams and process charts with the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software.
The flow chart symbols library "HR flowchart" is included in the HR Flowcharts solution from the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
Annotation, annotation,
Card, card,
Check / audit (diamond)
Check / audit (diamond), check, audit,
Check / audit (square)
Check / audit (square), check, audit,
Collate, collate,
Comment / note symbol (brace)
Comment / note symbol (brace), brace callout, comment, note,
Communication link
Communication link, communication link,
Compare (diamond)
Compare (diamond), compare,
Compare (square)
Compare (square), compare,
Completed form
Completed form, completed form, document,
Concurrency symbol (fork / join)
Concurrency symbol (fork / join), concurrency symbol,
Conditional selector
Conditional selector, conditional selector,
Control transfer
Control transfer, control transfer,
Data input / output
Data input / output, data input, data output,
Database, database,
Decision, decision,
Decision indicator - No
Decision indicator - No, decision indicator, no,
Decision indicator - Yes
Decision indicator - Yes, decision indicator, yes,
Delay, delay,
Direct access storage
Direct access storage, direct access storage,
Disk storage
Disk storage, disk storage,
Display, display,
Divided process (table view)
Divided process (table view), divided process,
Document, document,
Entity (rounded)
Entity (rounded), entity,
Event, event,
Extract, extract, part, device,
Flow line
Flow line, flow line, arrow, connector,
Internal storage
Internal storage, internal storage,
Junction symbol
Junction symbol, junction symbol,
Lined document
Lined document, lined document,
Lined / shaded process
Lined / shaded process, lined process, shaded process,
Loop limit
Loop limit, loop limit,
Manual file
Manual file, manual file,
Manual input
Manual input, manual input,
Manual operation
Manual operation, manual operation,
Merge, merge,
Multi document
Multi document, multi document,
Multi process
Multi process, multi process,
Off-page reference - arrow
Off-page reference - arrow, off-page reference,
Off-page reference - incoming
Off-page reference - incoming, off-page reference,
Off-page reference - outgoing
Off-page reference - outgoing, off-page reference,
On-page reference/ Inspection point
On-page reference/ Inspection point, on-page reference, inspection point,
Or, or,
Page, page,
Paper tape
Paper tape, paper tape,
Predefined process
Predefined process, subroutine, predefined process,
Prepare conditional
Prepare conditional, preparation, prepare conditional,
Process step
Process step, process step,
Reference point
Reference point, reference point,
Sequential access storage
Sequential access storage, sequential access storage,
Sort, sort,
Start (circle)
Start (circle), start,
Start (ellipse)
Start (ellipse), start,
Stickman pictogram
Stickman pictogram, stickman pictogram,
Stored data
Stored data, stored data,
Summary, summary,
Tagged document
Tagged document, tagged document, document,
Tagged process
Tagged process, tagged process,
Terminal point
Terminal point, terminal point,
Title block
Title block, title block,
Torso pictogram
Torso pictogram, torso pictogram,
The vector stencils library "Cross-functional flowcharts" contains 31 flow chart symbols. Use it for drawing cross-functional and deployment flowcharts the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the Cross-Functional Flowcharts solution from the Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
Swimlanes Vertical
Swimlanes Vertical, vertical swimlanes,
Swimlanes Horizontal
Swimlanes Horizontal, horizontal swimlanes,
Terminator, terminator,
Process, process,
Decision, decision,
Yes, yes,
No, no,
YES/NO, yes, no,
Data, data,
Manual Operation
Manual Operation, manual operation,
Document, document,
Predefined Process
Predefined Process, predefined process,
Stored Data
Stored Data, stored data,
Internal Storage
Internal Storage, internal storage,
Sequential Data
Sequential Data, sequential data,
Direct Data
Direct Data, direct data,
Manual Input
Manual Input, manual input,
Card, card,
Paper Tape
Paper Tape, paper tape,
Display, display,
Preparation, preparation,
Parallel Mode
Parallel Mode, parallel mode,
Loop limit
Loop limit, loop limit,
On-page Reference
On-page Reference, on-page reference,
Off-Page Reference (Outgoing)
Off-Page Reference (Outgoing), off-page reference, outgoing,
Off-Page Reference (Incoming)
Off-Page Reference (Incoming), off-page reference, incoming,
Off-page Reference (Circle)
Off-page Reference (Circle), off-page reference, circle,
Off-Page Reference (Arrow)
Off-Page Reference (Arrow), off-page reference, arrow,
Annotation, annotation,
Control Transfer
Control Transfer, control transfer,
Condition, condition,

Swim Lane Diagrams

Swim Lane Diagrams are the kind of process flow diagrams and effective tool for documenting the business processes required for any business company for its productive work, for easy defining the weak points, reasons of defects, or delays during the process. Swim Lane Diagram is based on the IDEF3 standard and was developed primarily for using in projecting. Its name derives from the use of horizontal or vertical lanes. The blocks that denote the parts of the processes are arranged within definite lanes according to the belonging to responsible worker. So the process of any complexity is visually divided into the parts and represented with indication the responsibility for execution of each part. This significantly facilitates the comprehension of its work. Use the ConceptDraw PRO software and predesigned vector objects from the Swim Lanes library of Business Process Mapping Solution included to ConceptDraw Solution Park to easy develop Swim Lanes Flowcharts and Diagrams, for modeling and documenting the business processes in a simple and visual graphic form. Read more


The Flowcharts are widespread in various fields and include the multitude of types. They are dedicated to representation the algorithms, processes, workflows of any complexity in a clear and intuitive format. The Flowcharts are commonly used in software development as a visual tool for illustration algorithms and logic of computer programs, in business for illustration business scenarios, in education, and so on. For drawing the Flowchart are used the special object blocks, among them rectangle or box used to represent an activity or step, rounded box or oval to depict Start / End, diamond to represent the decision point (involves the branching yes/no), circle used to represent the point of connection, parallelogram to represent the Input / Output, and some others. With ConceptDraw PRO including Flowcharts solution it is easy to create professional-looking Flowchart diagrams of any complexity and any degree of detailing. Succeed in drawing the Flowcharts using quick-start templates, predesigned samples and extensive libraries of ready-made flowchart symbols, blocks and icons. Read more

Approval Process and Segregation of Responsibilities Accounting Flowchart Example

How to build segregation of duties using drawing tools from Accounting Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw PRO software. Read more
The vector stencils library "Flowchart" contains 26 symbols for drawing flowcharts.
Use these shapes to draw your flow charts in the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the Flowcharts solution from the area "What is a Diagram" of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
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Terminator, terminator, start, end,
Process, process, action,
Decision, decision,
Delay, delay,
Subroutine, subroutine, predefined process,
Data, data, input, output,
Document, document,
Multiple documents
Multiple documents, multiple documents,
Preparation, preparation,
Display, display,
Manual input
Manual input, manual input,
Manual loop
Manual loop, manual loop,
Loop limit
Loop limit, loop limit,
Connector, connector,
Off-page connector
Off-page connector, off page,
Off-page connector
Off-page connector, off page,
Off-page connector
Off-page connector, off page,
Off-page connector
Off-page connector, off page,
Or, or,
Summing junction
Summing junction, summing junction, summing,
Collate, collate,
Sort, sort,
Merge, merge, store,
Stored data
Stored data, stored data, data storage,
Database, database, disk,
Internal storage
Internal storage, internal storage,

Sales Steps

Helps to create professionally looking and detailed Sales Flowcharts with all sales steps visually represented on them. Use the Sales Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw PRO software to create your own Sales Flowcharts of any complexity quickly, easily and effectively to use them successfully in your work activity. ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software supplied with unique Sales Flowcharts solution from the Marketing area of ConceptDraw Solution Park allows fast and easy visualize all sales steps of the sales process on a sales process Map or sales process flowchart, and then realize them easily. Read more

sales process map, sales process flowchart, sales steps, sales process management Sales Flowcharts

The Sales Flowcharts solution lets you create and display sales process maps, sales process workflows, sales steps, the sales process, and anything else involving sales process management. Read more
sales process map, sales process flowchart, sales steps, sales process management
The vector stencils library "UML activity diagrams" contains 37 symbols for the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software.
"Activity diagrams are constructed from a limited number of shapes, connected with arrows. The most important shape types:
(1) rounded rectangles represent actions;
(2) diamonds represent decisions;
(3) bars represent the start (split) or end (join) of concurrent activities;
(4) a black circle represents the start (initial state) of the workflow;
(5) an encircled black circle represents the end (final state).
Arrows run from the start towards the end and represent the order in which activities happen.
Hence they can be regarded as a form of flowchart. Typical flowchart techniques lack constructs for expressing concurrency. However, the join and split symbols in activity diagrams only resolve this for simple cases; the meaning of the model is not clear when they are arbitrarily combined with decisions or loops." [Activity diagram. Wikipedia]
The example "Design elements - UML activity diagrams" is included in the Rapid UML solution from the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
UML activity diagram symbols
UML activity diagram symbols, time event, swimlanes, swimlane, subactivity state, send signal, receive signal, object, note, initial, frame, flow final, final, decision, merge, data store, condition, central buffer, call behavior, action,

Credit Card Processing System UML Diagram

Credit Card Processing System UML Diagram. This sample shows the Use Case Diagram of the credit card processing system. You can see how the payment by credit card occurs. This sample can be used by the bank, financial enterprises, for understanding the work of the credit card processing system at the projecting the banking systems. Read more

Yourdon and Coad Diagram

The vector stencils library Yourdon and Coad Notation from the solution OOAD contains specific symbols of the Yourdon and Coad notation such as data store symbol, data process symbol, loop symbol for ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software. The OOAD solution is contained in the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
The vector stencils library "Sales arrows" contains 57 arrow symbols.
Use these arrow icon set to draw your sales flowcharts, workflow diagrams and process charts with the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software.
The arrow pictograms library "Sales arrows" is included in the Sales Flowcharts solution from the Marketing area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
Angle arrow
Angle arrow, angle arrow,
Arc arrow
Arc arrow, arc arrow,
Arki arrow
Arki arrow, arki arrow,
Arrow fork
Arrow fork, arrow fork,
Arrow loop
Arrow loop, arrow loop,
Bent arrow
Bent arrow, bent arrow,
Chevron arrow
Chevron arrow, chevron arrow,
Circular arrow
Circular arrow, circular arrow,
Circular motion arrows
Circular motion arrows, circular motion arrows,
Clockwise arrow
Clockwise arrow, clockwise rotating arrow,
Corner arrow
Corner arrow, corner arrow,
Counterclockwise arrow
Counterclockwise arrow, counterclockwise rotating arrow,
Crossed arrows
Crossed arrows, crossed arrows,
Curved left arrow
Curved left arrow, curved left arrow,
Curved right arrow
Curved right arrow, curved right arrow,
Curving directional arrow
Curving directional arrow, curving directional arrow,
Cycle arrow
Cycle arrow, cycle arrow,
Diagonal arrow
Diagonal arrow, diagonal arrow,
Double arc arrow
Double arc arrow, double arc arrow,
Double headed arrow
Double headed arrow, double headed arrow,
Double headed semicircle arrow
Double headed semicircle arrow, double headed semicircle arrow,
Down arrow
Down arrow, down arrow,
Dual short arc arrow
Dual short arc arrow, dual short arc arrow,
Elbow arrow
Elbow arrow, elbow arrow,
Fat arrow
Fat arrow, fat arrow,
Go back arrow
Go back arrow, go back arrow,
Interaction arrows
Interaction arrows, interaction arrows,
L-shaped arrow
L-shaped arrow, L shaped arrow,
Left arrow
Left arrow, left arrow,
Lightning arrow
Lightning arrow, lightning arrow,
Long arc arrow
Long arc arrow, long arc arrow,
Looping arrows
Looping arrows, looping arrows,
Merging arrows
Merging arrows, merging arrows,
Moving down arrow
Moving down arrow, moving down arrow,
Moving up arrow
Moving up arrow, moving up arrow,
Recycling arrows
Recycling arrows, recycling arrows,
Refresh arrows
Refresh arrows, refresh arrows,
Ribbon arrow
Ribbon arrow, ribbon arrow,
Right arrow
Right arrow, right arrow,
Rotating arrows
Rotating arrows, rotating arrows,
S-shaped arrow
S-shaped arrow, s shaped arrow,
Sector arrow
Sector arrow, sector arrow,
Semicircle arrow
Semicircle arrow, semicircle arrow,
Short arc arrow
Short arc arrow, short arc arrow,
Single headed arrow
Single headed arrow, single headed arrow, right arrow,
Small arrow
Small arrow, small arrow,
Split arrow
Split arrow, split arrow,
Straight arrow
Straight arrow, straight arrow,
Triangle arrow
Triangle arrow, triangle arrow,
Turn left arrow
Turn left arrow, turn left arrow,
Turn right arrow
Turn right arrow, turn right arrow,
Turn round arrow
Turn round arrow, turn round arrow,
Turned arrow
Turned arrow, turned arrow,
Up arrow
Up arrow, up arrow,
U-shaped arrow
U-shaped arrow, u shaped arrow,
Vertical moving arrow
Vertical moving arrow, vertical moving arrow,
Wavy arrow
Wavy arrow, wavy arrow,