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Chapter 11. Working with Charts > Selecting a Chart Type

Selecting a Chart Type

PowerPoint offers numerous chart types and chart sub-types for almost every kind of graphic representation you could want to create. Sub-types 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 11.7 illustrates a sample column chart.

  • 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 11.8 displays an example of a pie chart.

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

  • Area Creates a chart that displays 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.

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

  • Cylinder Creates columns shaped like cylinders.

  • Cone Creates columns shaped like cones.

  • Pyramid Creates columns shaped like pyramids.


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