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Tutorial for Data-Driven Charts 011 – Line Charts

Working with Line Charts

Line charts are primarily used to show trends. They also show volume and an end ranking . The numerical values are usually not displayed.

Customizing data-driven charts

Adjust size

To adjust the size of a data-driven chart, you must double click on it and then adjust it by pulling the corner handles. Do not size without double-clicking on the chart. The text will skew and the chart may even eventually corrupt if you size incorrectly. This is important. The text may scale as you do this (which is an option you can choose or not choose). We recommend that you do not scale your text, as font size consistency is important for readability.

Color variations

There is no fill in line charts. If you want to use a fill, see the dd001series of area/surface charts. The line colors will adjust to your template's default color scheme when imported. If you have a lot of lines, the color palette will plot colors and then it will pull from the preset color palette in Microsoft Graph. You may want to adjust those colors to something more complementary to your template's color scheme. In addition to assigning colors, you can also assign widths and dashes to help make distinctions between the lines. You usually don't need to do this unless there are quite a few lines. You may want to add dashes to parts of the lines that are projections.

3D variations

3D is not recommended. 3D in charts is ambiguous and imprecise. The idea behind presenting data is to be precise. Never sacrifice clarity or concision for the sake of style.


Shadows are not recommended

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients are not recommended.


Animate with a purpose. Simple reveals are much more effective than the more "startling" animations, unless of course you are trying to startle your audience. Add pizzazz by way of content, not by adding sparkly accessories.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

DD011 – Data-Driven Charts 011 – Line Charts

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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