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Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning

Flowchart Symbols and Meaning - Provides a visual representation of basic flowchart symbols and their proposed use in professional workflow diagram, standard process flow diagram and communicating the structure of a well-developed web site, as well as their correlation in developing on-line instructional projects. See flowchart's symbols by specifics of process flow diagram symbols and workflow diagram symbols.
How to Build a Flowchart
How to Build a Flowchart

Business Process Flowchart Symbols

The business process flowchart symbols used for business process mapping are predefined by Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and actually have their roots in the data processing diagrams and programming flow charts. Business Process flowchart symbols provide drawing business process flowcharts, diagrams and maps of any complexity.
"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." [ Portals/ 0/ Tools%20 to%20 Use/ Classic%20 Quality%20 Tools/ Classic%20 TQM%20 Tools%20 R%20 2-12.pdf]
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.
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.
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.
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 variety of process flow diagrams and are based on the IDEF3 standard. They were developed by Lynn Shostack for usage in projecting. With their help organization diagrams are combined with process flow, as they visually display an object of the production system which is charged with given concrete processes in general flow of processes of the production system.


With ConceptDraw PRO it is easy to create professional flowchart diagrams of any complexity. With the use of numerous templates and the extensive libraries of ready-made symbols and blocks; depicting your business processes has never been easier.

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.
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. solution-park/ diagram-flowcharts
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.

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

sales process map, sales process flowchart, sales steps, sales process management
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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,