Charts: Changing Types

PowerPoint provides ample choices in chart types for almost every kind of graphical data representation. There are some basic chart types such as column, bar, line, pie, etc. and advanced charts like radar, surface, bubble, doughnut, etc. To learn more about how you can change from one chart type to another, visit the following links – click on the tutorial of your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2013
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2010
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2007
Changing Charts Types in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003

Apple Mac
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2011


Charts: Picture Fills for Chart Series

Imagine a chart that shows fruit exports and each column of the chart is filled with a picture of particular fruit type rather than the conventional solid color fills or geometric patterns? Also, if you wanted to show how the export of grapes has increased over the years, your column chart would have all columns filled with pictures of grapes stacked one over the other? In PowerPoint, you can always do just that with your chart Data Series as explained in the following tutorials – select the one that corresponds to your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows
Picture Fills for Chart Series in PowerPoint 2010
Picture Fills for Series in PowerPoint 2007

Apple Mac
Picture Fills for Chart Series in PowerPoint 2011


Charts: Edit Chart Data in PowerPoint

When you insert a chart in newer versions of PowerPoint, you might notice that Excel pops up with some dummy data for your chart. You then change the data within the Excel sheet to auto-update the chart within PowerPoint. What do you do when you want to edit the underlying data after a week, a month, or even a year after you created that chart? Simple. You just summon Excel again following the steps explained in the following tutorials.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

Edit Chart Data in PowerPoint 2016

Edit Chart Data in PowerPoint 2013

Apple Mac:

Edit Chart Data in PowerPoint 2011

Edit Chart Data in PowerPoint

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Charts: Elements

Although a chart may seem like a single object at first glance, look closer and you will find that each chart comprises several individual elements that we call Chart Elements in PowerPoint. In the following tutorials, learn more about Chart Elements and also how to select and format them – based on the version of PowerPoint you are using, select any of them:

Microsoft Windows
Chart Elements in PowerPoint 2013
Chart Elements in PowerPoint 2010
Chart Elements in PowerPoint 2007
Chart Objects in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003

Apple Mac
Chart Elements in PowerPoint 2011


Shape Outline: Weight (Thickness)

Weight is the thickness attribute of the outline of a shape, picture, or any other such slide element. You can change the weight all the way from a hairline thin line to a chunky thick line. To learn more about how to edit the weight, choose one of the following links depending upon your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows
Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows — Weight
Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows — Weight for Windows
Formatting Outlines in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows — Weight and Dash
Formatting Lines (Outlines) for AutoShapes in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

Apple Mac
Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac — Weight


Charts: Adding and Deleting Series and Categories

Any new chart that you add within PowerPoint has its roots in Excel — all the data for the chart is also stored within an Excel sheet. Of course this is true for all versions of PowerPoint since 2007. Whichever version you use, there may be times when you want to add a new Series or Category to your chart. To learn more about how you can add and delete Series and Categories in the charts, explore the following links — select a link of your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows

Apple Mac
Adding and Deleting Chart Series and Categories in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


Charts: Changing Fill and Border of Chart Elements

While the default settings for the chart elements work great most of the time, there will be occasions when you may want to use a fill for any of your data elements that’s not part of the Theme palette in your presentation. In times like these, you can change the fill and border of chart elements using the techniques explained in the following tutorials. Choose a link considering your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows
Changing Fill and Border of Charts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Changing Fill and Border of Charts in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Changing Fills and Outlines of Charts in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

Apple Mac
Changing Fill and Border for Charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


Charts: Plot Area

The Plot Area for a chart is the layer placed behind the actual chart. This layer typically has the axes on its perimeter. Also, the Data Series and Gridlines are placed above this layer. To learn more about how to format the Plot Area, choose one of the following links depending upon your PowerPoint version:

Microsoft Windows

Apple Mac
Plot Area for Charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


Charts: Insert

If the data required for your chart is already within Excel, then you can create your chart in Excel itself, and then copy-paste it into a PowerPoint slide. This is true for all versions of PowerPoint since Office 2007 since Excel does the charting even within PowerPoint from version 2007 onwards. Alternatively, if you need to add data manually, and also if you are using an older version of PowerPoint (such as 2003), you can directly insert a new chart within PowerPoint. Learn more in the following tutorials, depending on which version of PowerPoint you use:

Microsoft Windows:

Inserting Charts in PowerPoint 2016

Inserting Charts in PowerPoint 2013

Inserting Charts in PowerPoint 2010

Inserting Charts in PowerPoint 2007

Inserting Charts in PowerPoint 2003

Apple Mac:

Inserting Charts in PowerPoint 2011

Insert Chart in PowerPoint

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Charts: Format Walls and Floor of 3D Charts

Let’s imagine your slide background is filled with some picture or texture. This may cause your chart columns to appear merged with the background. In such a situation, you can make your chart columns prominent by formatting the walls and floor of your 3D chart. To learn more, refer to the following links:

Microsoft Windows

A tutorial on making 3D Columns Transparent is not available for Windows versions of PowerPoint.

 

Apple Mac

Format Walls and Floor of 3D Charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 





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