BASIC STEPS TO CREATE A CHART

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BASIC STEPS TO CREATE A CHART

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There are two basic methods of inserting a chart on a slide in PowerPoint:

1.Quick Launch Method

Mekko Graphics uses the Quick Launch method for inserting charts on a slide.

From Microsoft PowerPoint™, go to the Mekko Graphics menu, and choose from the eight drop down menus for your desired chart type. (For more information on the chart types and subtypes, hovering your mouse over the chart type will display a brief description of the chart.)

You can use the Quick Launch method to automatically create any desired Mekko Graphics chart. To use the Quick Launch method, go to the Mekko Graphics tab and choose your desired chart type from the list of drop down menu options. Mekko Graphics will automatically launch and create your chart with pre-populated data, that you can then replace with your own data.  The "dummy data" that populates the chart allows you to quickly see how the chart utilizes the data.  If you wish to insert multiple or half page charts on a slide, you can utilize the Insert Multiple Charts option. Enter data in the spreadsheet.

2.Inserting a Chart from Microsoft Excel™

You can create charts in either PowerPoint or Excel directly from your Excel data via a Mekko Graphics Add-In in MS Excel.

Once you select a valid range in Excel, you can then choose a Mekko Graphics chart type from the Insert Mekko Graphics Charts section in the Mekko Graphics tab in Excel.  You may insert the chart either in PowerPoint or Excel.

To insert the chart into PowerPoint, first click on the Chart in PowerPoint button, choose your chart type, then switch to an activated PowerPoint and choose an existing slide or create a new slide. When the mouse pointer is on a slide, the desired chart type will insert upon a single click of the mouse. This newly created chart will have a link to a range in Excel.  

To insert the chart into Excel, first click on the Chart in Excel button, choose your chart type, and the chart will insert into Excel.

Once you have inserted the chart type either via Quick Launch or via the Excel Add-in, your bar labels are generally listed across the top of the spreadsheet, and series labels are listed down the spreadsheet.  The first row is designated for Bar names and first column for Series names. The first cell (A1) should be empty.

To enter or edit data into the spreadsheet, you may do any one of the following:

1.Enter data directly as you would in Excel

2.Copy and paste from an existing Excel spreadsheet

3.If there is a link to a range in Excel you can modify the data in Excel and update the chart.

4. You can establish a Link to Excel.

Format your chart. Formatting your chart is likely where you will spend the majority of your time. You have several chart, series, segment, bar, axis, and label formatting options, accessible through toolbars, context menus, and task panes.

When you are satisfied with the look of your chart, click Close Chart Editor or simply click off the chart to save your changes.