Create a variety of T-charts in 24 Aug 2023


T-charts are a type of graphic organiser or concept map that helps you to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of anything. They can also be used to contrast two things of the same type, such as physical products, services, processes or data structures, business models, applications, situations, etc.
Build a t-chart diagram quickly in using list shapes

While they are most commonly used to contrast the advantages and disadvantages of something, T-charts can also be used to explore topics in a number of ways:

  • cause and effect to help discover the root cause of problems
  • before and after a solution is implemented
  • past and present to compare processes
  • problems and solutions
  • strengths and weaknesses

Students can also use t-charts during research and essay preparation to organise evidence and sources.

  • true or false
  • facts or opinions
  • valid arguments vs distractions
  • trusted vs untrusted
  • primary vs secondary sources

Draw a t-chart

There are so many different ways you can design a t-chart in If you want a collaborative online whiteboard - use sticky note shapes. For fast text entry, list shapes and table shapes are best. Use a mindmap or other icons for a t-chart attractive enough to use in an infographic or presentation slide.

Sticky notes

Divide the drawing canvas into two sides and use rectangles or sticky note shapes for each point.

When multiple people are editing a diagram simultaneously, place the divider and labels on a locked background layer. A second layer lets people add note shapes without unexpectedly changing the ‘background’.
Use sticky notes in a t-chart in to collaboratively brainstorm with your team

Tip: The yellow sticky note shape is available as a shortcut shape in the toolbar in the Sketch editor theme. In all other themes, copy that shape or use the Note shape and colour it in the Style tab of the format panel.
Use the sticky note shape in the Sketch editor theme, or style the Note shape from the General shape library

List and table shapes

Use the ordered list or unordered list shapes in the Misc shape library if you want bulleted or numbered items.

  1. Double-click to select the text inside the shape, table cell or list.
  2. Select the Bulleted List or Numbered List format option in the Text tab of the format panel.
    Double click to select the text inside a shape, and then format as a numbered or bulleted list

Use a list shape as in the first example at the start of this page, or a simple table shape (below) to enter text quickly and keep it neatly aligned.
Build a t-chart diagram quickly in using a simple table shape

Use keyboard shortcuts for tables and list shapes to enter text faster.


Use the mindmap shapes in the Advanced shape library and keep all of the branches to one side or another of the central topic.
Build a t-chart diagram quickly in using mind map shapes in the Advanced shape library

Infographics and slides

Search for and use icons, clip art, infographic shapes and creative connectors to draw an attractive T-chart for a poster, presentation slide or infographic. This template example uses shapes from the Infographic and Office > Concepts shape libraries.
Build a t-chart diagram quickly in using mind map shapes in the Advanced shape library

For more infographic templates and examples of many different types of diagrams, please see our drawio-diagrams repository on GitHub.

More complex than a T-chart?

T-charts are quite limited as they are usually used for quick brainstorming of pros and cons or problems and solutions. Other types of diagrams are more suited to visualise more complex concepts.

For example, use a Venn diagram to compare multiple things, a concept map to show complex relationships, or a fishbone diagram for a root cause analysis.

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