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Horizontal Flows 057, 058

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Using Horizontal Flows 057 and 058

This series is another variation of the other horizontal flows available at PowerFrameworks. They are sized consistently with the others, and you can mix these flow segments with the others to create completely customized horizontal flow charts (see series example). Horizontal flows are one of the most widely used graphic because they convey a broad number of concepts: steps, phases, activities, etc. Therefore, mixing and matching segments to create specific and nonstandard messages is a good practice.

This series offers framework downloads in both PowerPoint 2003 and 2007. If you're using PowerPoint 2007, download both and choose which of the three variations you'd like to use (two variations in PowerPoint 2003 and one variation in 2007). If you are using PowerPoint 2003, then just download the 2003 download. The PowerPoint 2007 download contains a variation with formatting not available in PowerPoint 2003.

Adding text: It might be a good idea to place a text field over the flow segment instead of within the flow segment. Slanted sides make it hard

When you have more than one type of segment (like series examples), it would probably be a good idea to put a line around the fill.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Horizontal Flow

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

Add color to the "fast" fields of the segment. Use a color that is in high contrast to the text.

3D variation

3D adds a heaviness that you don't want with these fast-track arrows. Probably a good idea not to use 3D


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop."

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.

PowerPoint 2007 download has each segment grouped and a gradient applied to the entire group. This is a good option for showing speed.


The Light Speed Entrance animation is a good option for these fast-track arrows. This isn't an animation option that we typically recommend; but, in this case, it is perfect for helping to convey the fast-track message.

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