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Tutorial for Timing 004 and 010 – Diagonal Trend Columns

Using Uptrends

This series shows a conceptual straight-line uptrend or, if the columns are grouped and flipped horizontally, downtrend. There are 1 through 31 columns, so the x axis can be used for any number of units. Use these for non-data-driven projections, phasing, or even milestones.

Customizing the Uptrends

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the uptrend, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the uptrend columns will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Each section is a separate field, so they can be highlighted to help deliver the message. Since the columns are right next to each other, it's important to use an outside line color so the columns appear distinct. Use the background color for the line color if you'd like to lines to "disappear."

3D variations

Use shallow 3D depths with these frameworks. You will need to change the layer order for the columns so that the 3D appears correctly. Refer to this layering FAQ for tips on how to do this.


Use shadows conservatively. Like the issue with using 3D, you may need to reorder the columns.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be used to separate the columns. The example above does not have outside lines, but relies solely on the gradient to create a distinction between the columns.


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Wipes from left to right can be effective way to build the uptrend from start to finish.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

TI004 – Timing 004 – Diagonal-Line Trend Columns

Possible use example

TI010 – Timing 010 – Curved Trend Columns

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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