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Chart Types and Chart Layout Presets
Chart Types and Chart Layout Presets
The default chart is a 2-D clustered column chart. However, there are a lot of alternative
chart types to choose from. Not all of them will be appropriate for your data, of course,
but you may be surprised at the different spin on the message that a different chart type
Many chart types come in both 2-D and 3-D models, and you can choose which chart type looks most appropriate
for your presentation. However, try to be consistent. For example, it looks nicer to stay with all 2-D or all 3-D charts
rather than mixing the types in a presentation.
You can revisit your choice of chart type at any time by following these steps:
1. Select the chart, if needed, so that the Chart Tools Design tab becomes
2. Click Chart Tools Design
Change Chart Type. The Change Chart Type dia-
log box opens. It looks just like the Insert Chart dialog box you saw in Figure 12.2.
3. Select the desired type, just as you did when you originally created the chart.
4. Click OK.
This is the basic procedure for the overall chart type selection, but there are also many
options for fi ne-tuning the layout. The following sections explain these options.
To change the default chart type, right-click the icon for the desired subtype in the Change Chart Type dialog box and
choose Set as Default Chart.
PowerPoint provides a limited number of preset Quick Layouts for each chart type. A layout
is a combination of optional chart elements (such as legend, data table, data labels, and so
on) in a particular arrangement. Quick Layouts are good starting points for creating your
own layouts, which you will learn about in this chapter. To choose a Quick Layout, click
Chart Tools Design
Quick Layouts and select a layout from the gallery, as
shown in Figure 12.11. Although you cannot add your own layouts to these presets, you can
create chart templates, which are basically the same thing with additional formatting set-
tings. See “Working with Chart Templates” later in this chapter.
Chart Layouts
Working with Chart Elements
Charts are effective only if the audience understands what the data points represent.
Labels and other descriptive elements on a chart can make all the difference in its usabil-
ity. Figure 12.12 points out some of the various chart elements that you can use.
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