Add and Format Charts in Powerpoint 2010
Charts are an efficient way to represent data. A long list of confusing numbers can instantly turn into trends that can be spotted when captured as charts. PowerPoint supports adding and formatting graphics.
Below are the steps to add a chart to PowerPoint.
Step 1 - Go to the Illustrations Group under the Insert ribbon.
Step 2 - Click on the Graphic option to open the Insert Graphic dialog You can choose the chart category and choose individual chart types.duels in the list.
Step 3 - Select the type of chart and click OK or double- click on the chart type to insert the chart into the slide.
Step 4 - In addition to the chart, an Excel worksheet is also launched. This worksheet is the source for your chart. You can change the category names, series names and individual values according to your needs.
When you change values and table in Excel, the chart is changed accordingly .
The formatting features of PowerPoint graphics have been grouped under three ribbons: Design , Layout and Format . The sections below describe the features under each ribbon. To access these ribbons, you must first select the graphic.
Graphic Design Features
We will now understand the different chart design features in PowerPoint.
The table below describes the different graphics design features -
| Feature || Secondary features || Deion |
| Type || Change chart type || Changes the chart type keeping the same data. |
| Save As Template || Saves the current chart type as a template. |
| Data || Change row / column || Transpose current Excel data - this is activated when you open the source data Excel sheet. |
| Select data || Changes the range of data covered by graph. |
| Modify data || Modifies the source data of the chart. |
| Refresh Data || Refreshes the graph to show the latest data. |
| Graphics presentations || Graphics presentations || Offers a list of predefined layouts that can be instantly applied to the current chart with just one click. |
| Chart styles || Chart styles || Offers a list of predefined styles that can be instantly applied to the current chart with just one click. |
Chart layout features
We will now understand the different chart layout features in PowerPoint.
The following table describes the different chart layout features in PowerPoint.
| Feature Secondary features || Deion |
| Current selection || Drop-down menu || Displays the selected chart element. |
| Format selection || Displays the format selection dialog box to update the selection. |
| Reset to match style || Ignores all chart customizations and matches chart to general presentation theme. / td > |
| Insert || Image || Superimposes an image on top of the graphic. |
| Shape || Adds a shape to the slide. |
| Text Box || Adds a text box to the slide. |
| Labels || Title of the chart || Defines the visibility, position and style of the chart title. |
| Axis titles || Defines the visibility, position and style of the axis titles. |
| Legend || Sets the visibility and position of the graph legend. |
| Data Labels || Defines the visibility and position of data labels. |
| Data Table || Defines visibility, position and formatof the data table. |
| Axes || Axes || Defines the position and the scale of axes. |
| Gridlines || Defines the visibility and scale of the axes. |
| Background || Zone Plot || Toggles the plot area of the graph on / off - only available for 2D graphs. |
| Chart Wall || Enables or disables the chart wall - only available for 3D graphics. |
| Graph floor || Toggles graph floor - only available for 3D graphics. |
| 3D Rotation || Toggles 3D rotation of the graph - only available for 3D graphics. |
Chart format features
Now we will understand the different chart format features in PowerPoint.
The following table describes the different chart format features in PowerPoint.
| Feature || Subfeatures || Deion |
| Current selection || Drop down || Displays the currently selected chart element. |
| Selection format || Display the selection format dialog box to update the selection . |
| Reset to match style || Ignores all customizations to the chart and matches the chart to the overall presentation theme. |
| Shape styles || Shape Fill || Provides different shades to add to the selected chart series element. You can choose from a solid tint, texture, image, or gradient. |
| Border || Offers different options for the selected chart series element. You can change the color, thickness and style. |
| Effects || Offers the possibility to add special effects on the serial element graphics selected. |
| Word Art Styles || Text Fill || Allows you to change the color of the text in the graphic. |
| Text outline || Allows you to add an outline to the text in the graphic and change the outline color, thickness and style. |
| Text effects || Allows you to add special effects (like reflection, shadow, etc.) to the graphic text. |
| Quick Styles || Contains a list of predefined Word Art styles that can be applied to selected text in the graph with one click. |
| Rearrange || Bring forward || Allows you to move the graphic one layer or up. |
| Return || Allows you to move the graphic one layer down or all the way down the slide. |
| Selection pane || Toggles the ction selector and visibility sidebar on or off. |
| Align || Allows you to align the entire graphic with reference to slide. |
| Group || Allows you to group multiple graphics into a group object or |
| Size || Height || Adjusts the height of the graph. |
| Width || Allows you to adjust the width of the graph. |