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Non-Data-Driven Likert Chart

This non-data-driven chart allows you to plot values based on observations, research, and/or results. The tutorial helps you understand how to plot the line and make changes in the structure of the table(s). These charts help to illustrate performance for many different categories, providing a complete picture of assessments for a person/project/object. The range of comparisons can include:

  • Short/long
  • Poor/good (as in the downloads)
  • Few/many
  • Short/long
  • Standard/custom
  • Low/high
  • None/great
  • etc.

There are two versions of these performance charts: one with number value headings and one without number value headings.

There is a link in the tutorial to a YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vVYblsBCAI) that explains how to set up a likert chart in Excel in case you need to tabulate and plot results from an Excel spreadsheet. It's very well done and explains the several steps very well. The only trouble is that it works within Excel, not Excel within PowerPoint. This means that some of the steps are not usable within PowerPoint. We've included a download for a likert chart we've been able to develop within PowerPoint, but the steps are very long and we haven't been able to determine how to make it easily usable with different amounts of data, etc. We're still working on this, but it may be that we simply will provide the steps instead of the downloads. You're welcome to download the data-driven likert chart to take a look at it.

Customizing the non-data-driven likert table

Adjust size

These are tables, and tables can't be grouped with any other objects. Therefore, resize the table and then resize and reposition the line. You may simply want to redraw the line, which might be easier. If you want to adjust the line that came in the download, right-click on the line and click on Edit points. Every point will be visible and active. You can move them to the desired position.

Color variations

Format the likert tables just like you would any other table: apply your company's colors to the top and side headings, etc. The line(s) can receive different colors and widths.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The data-driven likert chart is in PowerPoint 2007. You can download it and see what you think of if. It's not ready to be presented as a series at this time, however.

3D variations

No 3D.


You can apply a shadow to the line if you wish.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can apply color to the columns within the chart. You can apply a gradient if you wish and if it adds clarity to your message. For example a vertical gradient that starts with one hue color on the left and a different hue color on the right (same color, different hues). Then the next column to the right has a vertical gradient that starts with the hue color on the right of the column to the left and ends with a different hue color on the right. Repeat as many times as you have columns. The end result will be a continuous looking gradient going from light to dark(er).


You can animate the line to wipe slowly from top to bottom if you wish.

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