How to Create a Simple Flowchart in Pages on Mac

MakeUseOf | 6/19/2019 | Sandy Writtenhouse
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Flowcharts are very effective tools for visually explaining processes. You might use a flowchart to show the steps in a product assembly, a document workflow process, or control flows in a system program.

For large and detailed diagrams like those, specific flowchart software can give you all the tools you need and then some. But for small, quick, and simple diagrams, you can use applications you already own like Apple Pages. If you’re ready to get started on your first basic flowchart in Pages on Mac, we’re here to help.

Settings - Pages - Mac - Flowchart - Bit

There are a few settings you can adjust in Pages on Mac that will make creating your flowchart just a bit easier. These are not required but are helpful.

Alignment guides in Pages help you place and arrange your objects more accurately. When you move the objects on your page, these guides will appear horizontally and vertically.

Click - Pages - > - Preferences - Menu

Click Pages > Preferences from the menu bar.

Select Rulers.

Alignment - Guides - Boxes - Show - Guides

Under Alignment Guides, check the boxes for Show guides at object center and Show guides at object edges.

Optionally, you can click the color shown and change it to a different color if you prefer.

Setting - Rulers - Side - Document - Page

Another handy setting is to show rulers at the top and left side of your document page. This helps you line up those objects.

If you only want to see the top ruler, click the View button in your toolbar or View in the menu bar and select Show Rulers.

Ruler - Left - Pages - > - Preferences

To enable the ruler on the left, open the Pages > Preferences > Ruler settings once more. Mark the box for Show vertical rulers whenever rulers are shown.

Now that you have Pages set up with a few extras to make placing your objects easier, let’s get to that flowchart.

Shapes - Menu - Bar - Insert - >

You can insert shapes using either the menu bar Insert > Shape option or the Shape button your toolbar. Use...
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