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by Geetesh Bajaj, October 22nd 2013

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DataPoint 2: Conversation with Kurt Dupont

Kurt DupontKurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998. In this conversation, Kurt discusses DataPoint 2, the new version of his flagship product that lets you integrate data from external sources within PowerPoint slides.

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Format Chart Data Labels
Adding Data Labels to your charts in PowerPoint is one of the ways in which you can make them more effective and relevant for your audience. Using options within the Format Data Labels dialog box, you can further format Data Labels to suit your requirements, as explained in this tutorial.
Format Chart Data Labels in Excel
In PowerPoint even though you can use Category or Series names as Data Labels, most of the time users tend to use Values as Data Labels. Values are typically numbers, and there are many ways in which you can format these Data Labels. You may want to do so for several reasons such as limiting or expanding the number of decimal digits shown, or to show a currency symbol along with the values, or even to show the value in percentage etc. Do note that these format changes can be made both within Excel and PowerPoint -- in this tutorial, we explore how you do so in Excel at the data level (all data for PowerPoint charts resides in Excel).

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Changing Chart Types
PowerPoint 2013 provides all the basic chart types such as Column, Bar, Line, Pie, etc. -- and also some advanced charts like Radar, Surface etc. Together, all these chart types work for almost every kind of graphical data representation. To change a chart type from one to another, you first need to insert a chart in PowerPoint 2013. Thereafter, follow these steps to change the chart type.
Fills for Shapes
When you insert shapes within a PowerPoint 2013 slide, you will notice that all shapes you insert contain the same fill. Most of the time, the shapes may contain a solid color fill. Similarly, you may insert hundreds of shapes and they all have this same default fill -- have you ever wanted to change this fill to something else? Before we explore changing fills, it is important to understand that the default fill you see for new, inserted shapes is influenced by the Theme applied to your presentation -- all new presentations have a simple Theme applied to them -- this Theme decides the default color or style for the new shape. Thus, all new shapes that you insert will have the same fill.
Add Solid Fills to Shapes
Whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide in PowerPoint 2013, it is filled by default with a solid color (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). Other than a solid fill type, PowerPoint 2013 provides several more options that let you fill a shape with a picture, a gradient, a pattern, or a texture -- and we have explored these other fill options in our Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can work with solid color fills.

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Add to Circles

New! Arrow Circles for PowerPoint

Arrow Circles for PowerPoint

You might have seen these types of arrow segments that form a circle they are frequently used in slides that show processes, continuous sequences, and cycle diagrams. We bring you these arrow circles with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 segments each but these are not merely segmented shapes that you will find elsewhere. First of all, you get these in two widths each so you get a variation that lets you choose either a thinner or thicker segment. Additionally, you also get these segments in a regular geometric style but what sets this apart is that we have also included an organic style so that your segments appear hand-drawn.

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