How to Create a Flowchart in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint is not reserved for the Presentations or Slides only. This tool can also be used to create interactive Flowcharts to show different processes, decisions, tree diagrams and concept maps. Later on, these flowcharts can be saved in many file types including .png and .pdf. In this tutorial, we will learn about how to make flowcharts in Microsoft Office PowerPoint using five very simple and easy steps.

Configuring Slides Size

  • Open the PowerPoint application.
  • Add new Blank Slide.
  • Click on “Design” Tab.
  • On Right side, Click on “Custom Size” Option in slide size icon.
Flowchart in PowerPoint, Slide configuration
Figure 1: Configuring the Slide size in PowerPoint

 Draw Shapes of the Flowchart

  • Click the “Insert” tab
  • Click on “Shapes” and select the appropriate shape for your flowchart.
  • Join these shapes with different arrows.

Tip: Copy/Paste the shapes and arrows to keep their size same.

Different shapes and arrows in the flowchart
Figure 2: Different shapes and arrows in the flowchart of Cellulose based Product Tree

Write content in the Shapes

  • Click on the “Text Box” and add boxes in the shapes
  • Write content in the text boxes
  • Adjust the size of text box and font of the text according to need.
Write content in the shapes of flowchart designed in PowerPoint
Figure 3: Write the Content in the Shapes using “Text Box”

Final touch to your flowchart

  • Check the size of the different shapes and align them in a possible way.
  • Change colors of the slides according to your requirement.
  • Make sure Arrows are of the same width.

Saving your Flowchart as PDF or PNG

You don’t always have to present that flowchart using PowerPoint presentation. You can save it as PDF or PNG to use it in any article or your other publication. So this how you do it.

  • Click on “File”
  • Select “Save as”
  • Decide your destination
  • Select “Portable Network Graphics (PNG)/PDF” in “Select as type” while saving.
Save your flowcharts as PDF or PNG
Figure 4: Save your Flowchart as PNG or PDF

 

Download: Sample Flowchart of Cellulose Based Product Tree

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How to use powerpoint to draw vector

Draw Schematic Plasmids using PowerPoint

Designing Schematic Plasmids using powerpoint
Figure 1: pTec1 15kb supposed plasmid

PowerPoint is a nice friend of every biotechnologist when it comes to presenting complex work to audiences. You may come across the Plasmids especially when you are working in Microbial Genetics or Recombinant DNA Technology. Presenting the schematic diagram of your plasmid without copy pasting from Google can be a nightmare for you.

Let’s make it easy for you and learn to Draw schematic plasmids/vectors in PowerPoint with few simple steps. In this tutorial, we are going to use few built-in shapes to draw a plasmid which will look like something shown in figure 1. 

Configuring Slides Size (optional)

  • Open the PowerPoint application.
  • Add new Blank Slide.
  • Click on “Design” Tab.
  • On Right side, Click on “Custom Size” Option in slide size icon.

Draw base of Plasmid

Select Arc Shape - Vector designing in PowerPoint
Figure 2: Select Arc Shape – Vector designing in PowerPoint
  • Click the “Insert” tab
  • Click on “Shapes” and select the “Arc” shape.
  • Draw the Arc while holding the Shift key.
  • Drag from the Yellow tiny square at the each end of the arc and complete the circle.

Draw Important Regions of Plasmid

In this step, we will draw important regions of the plasmid such as promter and insert fragment etc.

  • Duplicate the circle by selecting and then “Ctrl+D”
  • After Duplicating, select a shape and Click on “Format” 
  • Now click on the “Shape Outline” 
  • Change “Weight” and “Color” of the outline.
Draw important regions - Plasmid drawing using powerpoint
Figure 3: Drawing important regions of the plasmid.
  • Click on each of the shapes.
    Drag shapes to base plasmid - Draw plasmid using powerpoint
    Figure 4: Drag shapes to base plasmid
  • Drag that tiny yellow square backward to decrease the size of each circle according to the region size.
  • Place each colored shape on the base of the plasmid.

Annotations of Plasmid

This is about giving names to the regions which you just made on your plasmid.

  • Add a “Text Box” from your Insert tab
  • Write down appropriate annotations.
  • To give circular shape to your text, Select the text
  • Click on the Format tab
  • Click on “Text Effects” then “Transform”
  • Select the Appropriate design and drag them to the position.
Annotations - Plasmid designing using PowerPoint
Figure 5: Annotations of the regions

 

Saving your Plasmid as PDF or PNG

You can save it as PDF or PNG to use it in any article or your other publication. So this how you do it.

  • Click on “File”
  • Select “Save as”
  • Decide your destination
  • Select “Portable Network Graphics (PNG)/PDF” in “Select as type” while saving.

Download: pTec1 Sample

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