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Quick Layouts for Charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to apply preset Quick Layouts to your charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. These are pre-arranged layouts containing various chart elements.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X



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Did you want to move the location of the legend in your chart? Or do you always need to add a Data Table? Does PowerPoint's default layout options for all chart elements work for you? Or perhaps, it doesn't? If you identify with any of these scenarios, you will love the way you can play with different layouts for your charts using the pre-defined Chart Quick Layouts feature. This essentially is a collection of some pre-arranged layouts containing chart elements. With just a couple of clicks you can change the entire look of your chart, as explained in this tutorial.

Insert a chart, and then follow these steps to apply a Chart Quick Layout to your chart in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Select the chart to which you want to apply a Quick Layout to, as shown in Figure 1, below. Then, select the Charts tab of the Ribbon, shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. Charts tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Charts tab of the Ribbon
  3. Within the Charts tab, you can see the Chart Quick Layouts group as shown in Figure 2, below. In this group, hover the cursor on the chart layout previews and you will see a downward pointing arrow appearing, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2. Click this arrow (More button).
  4. Chart Quick Layouts within the Charts tab
    Figure 2: Chart Quick Layouts within the Charts tab
  5. Doing so opens the Chart Quick Layouts gallery, shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above.
  6. Within this gallery, select the suitable chart layout preview thumbnail and click it as shown in Figure 3, below.
  7. New layout selected within the Chart Quick Layouts gallery
    Figure 3: New layout selected within the Chart Quick Layouts gallery
  8. Doing so will apply the selected Quick Layout to your chart as shown in Figure 4, below (compare Figures 1 and 4).
  9. New chart layout applied to the selected chart
    Figure 4: New chart layout applied to the selected chart
  10. Play around with the various other Chart Layouts to identify which one works best for you. Even if none of them do exactly what you need, you can discover a layout that's closest to your requirement, and then make a few extra changes.
  11. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Chart Basics: Quick Layouts for Charts (Glossary Page)

Quick Layouts for Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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