Intermediate Excel Chart Skills
Stagger long axis labels and make one label stand out in an Excel column chart
The problem with long axis labels and the common solution If you have long axis labels in a column chart, Excel will rotate them to fit the full labels in if the chart is not wide enough. This is hard for the viewer to read. The common approach to solving this issue is to add… Continue reading Stagger long axis labels and make one label stand out in an Excel column chart
Using the CONCAT function to create custom data labels for an Excel chart
You are familiar with data labels for Excel graphs, typically they are used for adding the values to columns or bars (part of my suggestions for making professional column or bar charts). Next level usage is to replace the legend in a line graph with series name labels on the end of each line (part… Continue reading Using the CONCAT function to create custom data labels for an Excel chart
Marking the current date on a line chart in Excel
In this video I show how to add a current date line that will always show the current date on a line graph.
Marking the breakeven date on a line chart in Excel
In this video I show how to add a breakeven line to a line graph to show when the values change from negative to positive. You can adapt the technique in this video to other situations of values passing a criteria over time.
Add/Insert an Excel chart/graph on a PowerPoint slide
If you are using an Excel chart in a presentation, you will want to insert or add the chart to one of your PowerPoint slides. There are a number of ways you can do this. I recommend four methods, two where the graph in PowerPoint is not linked to the Excel worksheet and two where… Continue reading Add/Insert an Excel chart/graph on a PowerPoint slide