3 ways to improve your Excel charts

Posted by John Mathewson on August 6, 2015

One of the best aspects of using Excel, no matter what platform you create the chart on, is that it is a clear and effective way to present necessary and vital data. This is especially important if you work in the tech industry, which is based all on numbers and what work is being done.

However, while creating your Excel chart, you want to make sure that you have a presentation that can be easily understood by the audience. A chart that is clogged up with unnecessary data will be frustrating and ultimately forgettable, meaning your information will be lost.

Here are a few ways you can effectively spruce up the Excel charts you create:

  • Pick the right graph: One of the first things you will want to do is choose the kind of chart that will best convey the information. A Clustered Bar is a classic design that will be sure to get your data across without becoming too cluttered.
  • Remove background lines: If you notice background lines in your chart, you should remove them right away. These will take away from the overall aesthetic of your chart.
  • Sort bar graph data: The last thing you want is for your chart to look kind of random and disorganized. Before you actually create the chart, you should organize the information in a way that makes sense. To order the graph in Excel, it is best to go from the largest piece of data to the smallest.

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