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Tools 008, 041


Using Gauges

Use this gauge to indicate the results of a survey, opinions, or other type of measurement. Multiples of this framework can be used to construct a dashboard.

To adjust the framework marker (the triangle), just move the indicator circle sideways (hold shift key down while moving right or left so the circle does not drift up or down) to the ranking value you wish to display.

Consider using the two horizontal gauges together (TO008 and TO041).

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing Gauges

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. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object (the example for the series does not use lines), or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

If you want a cleaner look, the graphic above shows the left-hand and right-hand fields changed to white. They are still there and can contain text, but they do not show up as a field. Of course, if your background is blue, change it to blue. If your background is a gradient, eliminate the fill altogether; you can still add the text to the field.

3D variations

3D doesn't work terribly well with these frameworks; but if you believe that 3D would add the continuity you need, be sure to use a very short depth (3 points or thereabout). Be aware that applying a 3D effect will change the color of your object(s).

The reason this is not a great option is that the 3D elements are very heavy and detract from the main point of the chart - the gauge. When making formatting choices, be sure that you are formatting in favor of clarity and to emphasize the correct part of the slide.


Be very conservative with your shadows as well. Use a very tight shadow colored very lightly. You don't want design enhancements (shadow effects) to impede clarity. If you do use a shadow, reorder the pieces of the gauge so that it appears correctly on the page.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

For a good use of gradients, look at the example for this series. A gradient is used in the field that connects the right-hand and left-hand dots. A gradient is also used in the right- and left-hand descriptors for the gauge. It's a nice way to keep the slide from looking so "blocky."


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. It's a simple process moving the markers to the left or right. If you're using multiple gauges on a page, you can introduce them with simple reveals, and then move the marker to the position on the gauge.

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