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Creating charts

From: PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

Video: Creating charts

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.

Creating charts

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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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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