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Surface Charts in PowerPoint

Learn about surface charts, and how you can use them within PowerPoint. There are some variations for surface charts available within PowerPoint.


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A surface chart is useful when you want to find optimum combinations between two sets of data. As in a topographic map, colors and patterns indicate areas that are in the same range of values. Use a surface chart when both categories and data series are numeric values.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a sample presentation containing doughnut chart types and subtypes:

Surface charts have the following subtypes:

3-D surface

This chart type shows show trends in values across two dimensions in a continuous curve, a 3-D view of the data, which can be imagined as a rubber sheet stretched over a 3-D column chart. It is typically used to show relationships between large amounts of data that may otherwise be difficult to see.

Note: The color bands in a surface chart do not represent the data series; they represent the distinction between the values.

Wireframe 3-D surface

When displayed without color on the surface, a 3-D surface chart is called a wireframe 3-D surface chart. This chart shows only the lines.

Note: A wireframe 3-D surface chart is not easy to read, but this chart type is useful for faster plotting of large data sets.

Contour

These charts are surface charts viewed from above, similar to 2-D topographic maps. In a contour chart, color bands represent specific ranges of values. The lines in a contour chart connect interpolated points of equal value.

Wireframe contour

These charts are also surface charts viewed from above. Without color bands on the surface, a wireframe chart shows only the lines.

Note: Wireframe contour charts are not easy to read. You may want to use a 3-D surface chart instead.

Sample Presentation

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