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Tutorial for Tools 002 – Thermometer

Using Thermometers

Use this framework to indicate the results of a survey, research, opinions, or other type of measurement. The two-segment stacked column on the left-hand side of the thermometer is for added information (see example). Change the height of each column segment to reflect the correct values. If you prefer not to use this feature, just delete the boxes and rely on the thermometer itself to tell the story.

All of the thermometers are identical except for the y axis on the right-hand side. Select the number of increments/tick marks you want and delete the unwanted thermometers from the page.

The "mercury" can be adjusted by increasing the height of the mercury column field within the "glass." Make this field active and then stretch it to the desired value.

Download the framework to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Thermometer

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. The "mercury" should just have a fill and no lines. The stacked columns on the right-hand side of the thermometer should have a fill but no lines.

3D variations, shadows, gradients

It's probably a good idea to refrain from these types of customizations, as these frameworks convey a value and you don't want to obscure the meaning in any way. If you must use them, use them very sparingly and conservatively.


A good animation scheme would be to make the mercury rise by a wipe from bottom.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

TO002 – Tool 002 – Thermometer

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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