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12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Six New Chart Types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Frankly, it has been many years since new chart types were added to PowerPoint’s repertoire of the ten chart types. The great news is that you will find new chart types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. These are Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, Pareto (within Histogram options), Box and Whisker, and Waterfall. Learn about six new chart types available in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Charts and Diagrams on PoweredTemplate: Conversation with Serge Starenko

Serge Starenko is an entrepreneur with a solid background in software development and business administration. In 2004 he left his primary job and started working with like-minded professionals over the project PoweredTemplate. The idea came to him because he always had to prepare presentations for project management tools and marketing purposes. While working with these slides, he hadn't found


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Column or Bar Chart?

So what's the difference between a Column Chart and a Bar Chart? Purists may call them both bar charts and some charting folks may also find many, many differences between them -- but broadly speaking, a bar chart is a column chart that’s rotated 90 degrees -- and what a difference those 90 degrees make! It's amazing that so much can change with such a small adjustment. Should you use a


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Longer Axis Labels: Why Bar Charts are Better than Column Charts?

The similarity between a Bar Chart and a Column Chart is that both display the same data using rectangular bars. The length of these bars is proportional to the data value. Also, both are used to compare two or more values. So what is the difference? The difference lies in their orientation -- and henceforth the perspective with which we humans comprehend the data. A Bar Chart is oriented


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

PowerPoint Charting: Ask Help, Read Books

Learning is a process that never ends. You may be a charting expert, but there's always more to learn. Two of the best ways you can stay up to date is by reading books and participating in forums. Let's first look at books. Most charting books fall into two categories – about charting design and charting techniques. Books within the first category look at charting, so as to how a particular


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Where are the Chart Templates Saved?

The chart templates you save within PowerPoint 2013 are saved into a default folder location which you do not have to worry about, as far as you are using those templates on same computer where they are saved. However, if you need to share these CRTX chart templates with other users, or if you received a CRTX chart template from someone else, then you need to make sure that these CRTX files are


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Saving Chart Templates

You can tweak your chart in PowerPoint as much as you want so that the resulting chart follows your specifications. Once you met a standard that you may want to replicate often, PowerPoint 2013 makes it easy to save the chart you create as a template. Saving a chart as a template saves all the tweaks you made -- and you can use the template as a starting point when you insert another chart.


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts

Even though charts are a visual medium, they still contain plenty of text in the form of data labels, titles, legend, axis labels, etc. Whenever you insert a new chart (or any other slide element), the default colors and fonts used are based on the active Theme of the presentation. In this tutorial you are going to learn how you can change the font and use other text options for charts in


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Format Walls and Floor of 3D Charts

Unlike conventional 2D charts, 3D charts have distinct walls and a floor. Also, by default, these walls and floor show no fill and not even a border. The lines you see within the walls are Gridlines, and not borders. If your slide background is a solid color, these defaults could work best for you -- however you may want to play a bit with changing the fill or line attributes for the wall and


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Rotate 3D Charts

In a 3D chart, when there are columns of various heights, it's possible that some of the taller columns hide other shorter columns placed behind them. This is especially true with 3D charts that have a Z axis. One of the ways to make the columns placed behind visible is to make the taller columns transparent. The other way to solve this issue is to rotate the 3D chart a little so that you end


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Make 3D Columns Transparent for Charts

It's good to avoid using 3D charts unless your chart data requires a Z-axis. Having said that, we have chosen the topic of making your 3D columns in a chart transparent. Yes, there's a reason to do so especially when you find that some of the columns in your 3D chart may be hiding behind one or more of the other columns, just because they are not tall enough. One easy solution for this problem


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Crossed Axes for Charts

In a PowerPoint column chart, Axes are typically positioned on the left and bottom of the Plot Area. However, there may be scenarios where your chart axes cross each other within the Plot Area rather than be located on its edges. Attaining such a crossed axes can be desirable due to a variety of reasons in both the Value and Category axes. Learn how to add and alter the position of crossed


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Add Secondary Value Axis to Charts

Sometimes your data type may require a second axis. The sample data that we took for this tutorial pertains to the average temperature and rainfall in London across the 12 calendar months of a year. The temperature is depicted in Celsius and the rainfall is in millimeters. What you should note carefully is that the value range of temperature spans between 30 and 70, whereas the range for


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Reposition and Hide Axis Labels

Do you like the default positions where PowerPoint places your axis labels? Yes, we do believe that the defaults do work best because audiences expect these labels to exist at these familiar locations. However, there may be times when you probably don't even need labels for your axes -- or you may want them placed in another location so that your charts look cleaner. Whatever your purpose may


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Changing Axis Labels

Axis Labels are the labels for the Categories and Values on chart axes. So, where do these labels come from? Category axis labels reflect the Category names within your data (typically within the built-in Excel sheet). Values on the other hand are determined by PowerPoint based upon the maximum value in your data -- the minimum value is always set to zero. Of course you can change the Minimum


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Change Major and Minor Units of Value Axis

While learning about chart axes, you will come across two terms, Major and Minor units. These are the intervals at which the axis spaces itself -- as the name itself suggests, you can choose to space the axis at two levels: Major and Minor. PowerPoint sets the Major and Minor units on its own -- many times, this may be exactly what you need. At other times, you may want to set specific


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Set Minimum and Maximum Values on Value Axis

If your chart data values are not so much different from each other, the chart created using this data will not help your audience to differentiate the series representing those values. Our sample data explores how people of different age brackets choose their favorite colors. If you look closely at the data, you will realize that all values span between 285 and 365. So, it makes no sense to


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Axis Titles

The text used to label the chart axes in a chart is called an Axis Title. All chart types other than Pie and Doughnut have axes -- and although Radar charts have an axis, there is no provision to add Axis Title for them. In all other chart types such as Column, Line, etc., Axis Titles are not visible by default. Learn how to add and edit Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: charting


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Chart Title

A Chart Title of course is something that describes your chart. And PowerPoint charts do have an option to use a placeholder to contain this Chart Title. However, before you go ahead and use this option, you must decide if you need this Chart Title placeholder or not. Here are some guidelines that will help you make that decision. Learn how to add a Chart Title in PowerPoint 2013.


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Create a Waterfall Chart in PowerPoint 2013

Waterfall Charts are one of the most popular charts for displaying how different items come together to make up a whole. The chart was first invented and is still widely used by consultants of McKinsey & Company, and is something you can easily add to your PowerPoint charting repertoire. Taylor Croonquist teaches you how you can create these waterfall charts easily in PowerPoint. Read more


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Practice Often, or Hire a Chart Designer

It's always been the norm that you will enjoy the work that you are passionate about, and chart designing is no exception. There's so much to learn about creating better charts that are effective in sharing information or data with others. And if you do not have the time to learn chart design, that's OK too. There are many professional slide designers who can create awesome charts for you.


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Changing Axis Labels

In your chart, Axis Labels are the labels for the Categories and Values on chart axes. So where do these labels come from? Category axis labels reflect the Category names within your data (typically within the built-in Excel sheet). Values on the other hand are determined by PowerPoint based upon the maximum value in your data -- the minimum value is always set to zero. Of course you can change


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Change Major and Minor Units of Value Axis

While learning about chart axes, you will come across two terms, Major and Minor units. These are the intervals at which the axis spaces itself -- as the name itself suggests, you can choose to space the axis at two levels: Major and Minor. By default, PowerPoint sets the Major and Minor units on its own -- many times, this may be exactly what you need. At other times, you may want to set your


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Should Charts be Animated?

Charts are something that are often shared between Excel and PowerPoint - and while Excel gurus may look down at PowerPoint as far as charting is concerned, there indeed is one charting feature that is not doable as well in Excel – and that is animating charts. OK, an Excel guru somewhere may have said that it’s great that you cannot animate charts in Excel - after all many PowerPoint users do


12/07/2016 12:37 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Tick Marks on Chart Axes

Charts are a visual representation of data, and when seen on a PowerPoint slide from afar, you make out the value of a series by exploring where exactly it's placed vis-à-vis the axis. Of course, if your chart has data labels, then this is less of an issue -- however, typical charts have no data labels. For such a chart, you'll find that Tick Marks placed on the axis will help us get a better


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