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Chapter 9. Working with Charts > Selecting a Chart Type

Selecting a Chart Type

PowerPoint offers numerous chart types and chart subtypes for almost every kind of graphic representation you could want to create. Subtypes offer variations on the basic chart type, such as 3D options. PowerPoint includes the following basic chart types:

  • Column Creates vertical columns to compare the values of categories of data. Column, bar, and line charts work well if you want to compare values over a time period such as months or quarters. Figure 9.7 illustrates a sample column chart.

    Figure 9.7. A column chart makes it easy to compare series of information.

  • Bar Creates horizontal bars to compare the values of categories of data.

  • Line Creates a line with markers for each data value.

  • Pie Creates a pie that analyzes percentages of a total number. Use a pie chart if you want to see the contribution of each item to a total. For example, you might want to see how much each line of items you sell contributed to total revenues for the year. Figure 9.8 displays an example of a pie chart.

  • XY (Scatter) Creates a chart that compares sets of values.

  • Area Creates a chart displaying the trend of values in a single solid area.

  • Doughnut Creates a pie chart that can contain more than one series.

  • Radar Creates a radar image with markers for each data point.

  • Surface Creates a single 3D surface that analyzes trends in value.

  • Bubble Creates a comparison of three sets of values displayed as bubbles.

    Figure 9.8. Use pie charts to show percentages of a total amount.

  • Stock Creates a chart displaying a stock's high, low, and close figures.

  • Cylinder Creates columns shaped like cylinders.

  • Cone Creates columns shaped like cones. Figure 9.9 shows a sample cone chart.

  • Pyramid Creates columns shaped like pyramids.


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