No presentation is complete without pie charts and line graphs. But it is only rare that we find ourselves drawn to a chart or a line graph. And that is because there’s too much data in there to ever make an impact. We’ve all been taught to limit data and add more images/ graphics in our presentations. But then we found a loophole in charts and graphs and now we’re back to square one.
So here’s a quick visual comparison on what PowerPoint pie charts must look like to actually make an impact. These guidelines will help users make better use of PowerPoint pie charts.
- Avoid the use of legends in a pie chart
- Use only between four to six slices
- Use categories of data instead of breaking down the categories
- Break away only one slide to show how it relates to the other slices
- Do not use a 3D pie as you will not be able to differentiate the data based on the size of the pie
- When you have too many small slices, use the Bar of Pie type of chart
- To do that, right-click on the chart and in the Split Series by option, choose Percentage Value and configure as required
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