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POWERPOINT - Effective and Attractive Charts

As part of the Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint integrates nicely with Excel to create powerful and meaningful charts for your presentations.  In today's blog, we'll explore how to make the most of your charts, ensuring your intended message is clear and easy to understand.

Chart Colouration

The default setting for charts in PowerPoint is a multicoloured or rainbow styled display.  This colour choice is great for defining clear lines between all pieces of the same "pie," but this style does not help create a single focus.  If you're looking to feature a particular measurement in your graph, consider using a more subtle monochromatic style, and highlighting the component you wish to feature with a complimentary colour. To change the colour of a single piece of your chart, select only the piece you wish to change, and use the "Shape Fill" option on the Home Ribbon.




3D Options

3D Styles: We like the depth that can be created using the 3D style options. You can find this option in the Home Ribbon under "Shape Effects." This feature can bring a little life to your charts without altering the interpretation of the data. Try out different angles, contours and materials to find a combination that best fits your presentation.


3D Rotations: PowerPoint offers the very cool option to skew your charts in a 3D Rotation. While these skewed angles offer an interesting visual effect, they impede the viewer's ability to properly interpret the charted information.  We recommend a head-on viewing angle to avoid data confusion.


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