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10 Tips for Cool PowerPoint Charts

Learn about 10 tips that will help you create cool PowerPoint charts in PowerPoint.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint (all versions)

August 1, 2014

Creating charts can be both easy and difficult -- it all depends upon what you want to end up with! The easiest way is to just accept all the defaults that PowerPoint provides. The difficult way is to fine tune each aspect of the chart until you have just what you wanted. While the difficult way does get the best results, you must know that between the easy and difficult ways is a third option, the clever way. This clever way lets you quickly create a better, cooler chart using the tricks that we share within this small book. Do note that this list of tricks is not something you will perform as a linear step-by-step process. And it is not necessary that every trick will apply to all charts you create.

10 Tips for Cool PowerPoint Charts
Figure 1: 10 Tips for Cool PowerPoint Charts

Before we proceed with these tricks, determine for sure whether you must use a chart. Do not use a chart just because you think you need one! A chart is meant to display data visually in a manner that makes it easy for your audience to observe a trend, or look at a relationship between figures and any other component such as time, a commodity, or even some forecasts. If what you want to express is something that’s not really within these confines, then a chart may not be the answer for you.

So let’s get started with these 10 tricks - as and when we release these pages, links will be added to the list below.

  1. Clean up your Charts

  2. Plan Your Chart Type

  3. Don't Hurry With Charts

  4. Inspiration is Not Afar

  5. Reverse Engineer Charts

  6. Consider Tables

  7. Stay away from 3D Charts

  8. Should Charts be Animated?

  9. Practice Often, or Hire a Professional

  10. Ask Help, Read Books


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