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Tutorial for Tools 004 – Qualifiers

Using Qualifiers

Use these qualifiers on charts that need to be categorized in a special way. These qualifiers will not come in as editable text, so you can size them any way you like. They come in as a set so you can size them all at once, which will make them consistent throughout the presentation/document.

Accessing these qualifiers might be easier if you download the PowerPoint version. They will be set up and ready to use. Otherwise, when you download the emf, you will need to ungroup them a couple of times, remove the background field if necessary, and regroup the individual qualifiers before you copy them onto the page you are qualifying. It is important to remember that charts that present real data need to have sources, even if it your company's own analysis. Those charts that are not real data need to be qualified as an estimate, illustrative, etc. This type of qualifier will lend to the credibility of the message being delivered.

The qualifier in the example below is in the upper right-hand corner of the chart field. When you select a place on your page/slide for qualifiers, you should use that position consistently on every page/slide.

If you have a dark background, import the version that has the white text. If you have a light background, import the versions that has black text. Download the correct framework to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing Qualifiers

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, 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 PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. When recoloring, you should color the text with fill only and the lines above and below as lines. Do not apply color to the group as the text will thicken and reduce its readability. This is important.

3D variations, shadows, gradients

It's probably a good idea to refrain from these types of customizations.


Animate as a simple reveal if you want.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

TO004 – Tool 004 – Qualifiers

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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