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Nothing shows off your numbers like a well-designed chart, and PowerPoint 2010 makes it easy. I'm only going to show you the basics of creating a chart in this video. Why? Because thankfully, PowerPoint uses the exact same Charting Engine as Microsoft Excel. This means if you know how to make and customize charts in Excel, then you know how to do it in PowerPoint. Let's go ahead and get started. Between slides 13 and 14 I'd like to include a new pie chart that shows the sales volume of each of our six flavors of oil. Let's click between slide 13 and 14 and add a New Slide.
We'll call this slide Favorite Flavors. And then we'll click on the Chart icon below. As you can see, PowerPoint brings up the Insert Chart dialog box straight from Excel, with the same choices that we would expect to see. Let's go ahead and create a pie chart. Watch how Excel is fired up with the sample spreadsheet ready to go. All you have to do is plug the information in. By the way, if we move Excel out of the way you'll see that you've got a sample pie chart ready to go, and this is automatically linked to the Excel spreadsheet that PowerPoint created for us.
All we have to do now is change the numbers. And that's all there is to it. If you were paying attention as I was typing, you see that as I was changing the numbers here, my thumbnail was automatically updating.
All I have to do now is close Excel, I don't even have to save changes and my chart is already set and ready to go. I'm really glad that PowerPoint inherited the Excel Charting tool back in Office 2007, because they are so much easier to create, and they look great. If we want to change the colors on this real-quick, I'll just select the chart, choose Chart Tools > Design, pull down Chart Styles and then choose one of the color sets that match my theme. If you'd like to learn more about creating and customizing charts, look for the Excel 2010 video, Essential Training.
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