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Tutorial for Tools 009 – Legends

Using Legends/Keys

These legends can be used for data-driven charts or conceptual charts, any chart that uses color or objects to tell the story. Remember to place them on your slides in a consistent location. We advocate that they appear in the upper right-hand corner, under a identifier if one is used, just like the example to the right.

These legends are downloadable all on one page in PowerPoint only. After downloading the PowerPoint page, just select the legend you need, place it on your page, and set the colors and modify text descriptors.

Because there is text associated with the legends, the text will assume the default characteristics for text in your template. This may mean that the size will change and/or they may have bullets. You'll need to reformat if this is the case. We advocate for the first level of any default text in a template to be left-aligned, nonbulleted text. This will solve the problem of having imported text coming in with bullets if you don't want them.

Customizing Legends

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. You may need to adjust the font size after you resize so that the text lines up with the box/line

Color variations

Choose colors to match the objects for which you are providing the legend.

3D variations, shadows, gradients

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


Animate as a simple reveal at the time you reveal the shaded areas/fields. Data-driven charts cannot be animated.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

TO009 – Tool 009 – Legends

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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