Simple Waterfall Diagram in PowerPoint

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Learn to create simple waterfall chart in PowerPoint. Follow our simple step by step instructions to create this useful diagram for your business presentations.

The Waterfall diagram in PowerPoint you’ll learn to create is:

Staircase Diagram in PowerPoint Tutorial

Though the model is used quite extensively in software product development, it can be used in other regular business situations too. Let us learn to create the diagram from scratch.

Step 1: Create the boxes

As always, the first step in creating a diagram slide is to write the title for the slide. This allows you to plan the space for the graphics.

Once you finish entering the title for the slide, go to Auto shapes menu and pick the rectangle tool to draw the box for waterfall diagram.  Make copies of the box. Create as many copies as you have stages in your chart.

Boxes for Waterfall Diagram
Place the last box at the final position in the diagram:

Align boxes for steps
Now select all the boxes and go to Arrange -> Align -> ‘Distribute horizontally’ and ‘Distribute vertically’. This will place the boxes as steps in the waterfall chart as shown below:

Related: See more interesting uses of Align function

Step 2: Draw the arrows

Go to ‘Block Arrows’ option in auto shapes menu and pick the ‘Bent-up’ arrow. Go to Arrange-> Rotate -> Flip vertically.

Arrows to connect stages
Place the PowerPoint arrows next to the boxes to visualize the flow:

Create waterfall flow with arrows
Make copies of the bent-up arrow and flip them vertically and horizontally to indicate the flow back:

Reverse flow of arrows in Chart

Step 3: Give the finishing touches

The final step is to make the diagram look beautiful. Select the relevant boxes and arrows and apply quick style of your choice:

Color Waterfall chart in PowerPoint
When you enter the text and add sheen to the boxes, the waterfall diagram gets complete:

Final Waterfall Diagram

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Smarter option for business presenters:

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Here is a variation of the Consulting model from CEO Pack 2:

Process Diagram from CEO pack 1
There can be more variations created of the same diagram with icons or with 3D effect. Here is a process diagram from CEO Pack 1:


Here is another 3D waterfall chart from CEO Pack 1

3D waterfall chart from CEO Pack 1

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