All articles with 'Charts and Graphs' Tag

How to create a Win-Loss Chart in Excel? [Tutorial & Template]

Published on Jun 9, 2011 in Charts and Graphs
How to create a Win-Loss Chart in Excel? [Tutorial & Template]

Win Loss Charts are an interesting way to show a range of outcomes. Lets say, you have data like this:

win, win, win, loss, loss, win, win, loss, loss, win

The Win Loss chart would look like this:

Win Loss Charts in Excel - Template & Tutorial

Today, we will learn, how to create Win Loss Charts in Excel.

We will learn how to create Win Loss charts using Conditional Formatting and using In-cell Charts.

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Update Report Filters using simple macro – a Dynamic Pivot Chart Example

Published on Apr 27, 2011 in Charts and Graphs, Pivot Tables & Charts, VBA Macros
Update Report Filters using simple macro – a Dynamic Pivot Chart Example

Last week, we have learned what Pivot Table Report Filters are & how to use them.

Today, I am going to show, how you can use simple macro code to change the report filter value dynamically.

We will learn how to create the chart shown here.

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Comparing Sales of One Product with Another [Excel Techniques]

Published on Apr 25, 2011 in Charts and Graphs
Comparing Sales of One Product with Another [Excel Techniques]

This is a guest article by Theodor on how to Compare Sales of One Product with Another

Ok, now here’s one for you.

Suppose you’d like to come up with a sales report on different products, comparing their evolution on the same period of different years (say Jan ’09 vs. Jan Jan ’10). At the same time, you’d like to keep an eye on their yearly trend (entire 2009 vs. entire 2010).

Read on to learn how you can use Excel Charts to do this very easily.

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Excel Teens are out to get you & Other findings from our Survey

Published on Feb 25, 2011 in Charts and Graphs
Excel Teens are out to get you & Other findings from our Survey

Our of curiosity and fun I asked you “how long have you been using Excel?”. I was overwhelmed by the response we got to this simple question. More than 437 people responded with their comments, stories and enthusiastic responses. Thank you so much.

It would taken me more time to make the charts and understand the data. But thanks to Hui, who volunteered to tabulate all the survey data in a simple CSV.

Shown above is a chart I came up with based on the data. Read the rest of the post to understand the survey results and view more charts. Also, you can download the excel workbooks and original data set to play.

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The Grammy Bump Chart in Excel

Published on Feb 22, 2011 in Charts and Graphs
The Grammy Bump Chart in Excel

The folks at Washington Post made an interesting chart to understand whether winning a Grammy award makes any difference to album sales. Go ahead and browse it if you have not already seen it. Go, I will wait.

Are you impressed?

I really liked this chart. This is what I liked about the chart,

  • It tells a story.
  • It is an ego chart. We would all instantly search for our favorite artists and learn about how Grammy award changed their album sales.
  • It is a simple chart. No clutter, no gaudy colors, just a bunch of lines and the story is out there.
  • It lets you play.

In fact, I liked the chart so much that I wanted to make it in Excel.. You can see a snapshot of what I came up with above. Read the rest of this article to learn more.

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Are You Trendy ?

Are You Trendy ?

Often you may have a set of data and need to know what an intermediate or future value of that data may be.
This week we will investigate 3 methods of tackling this problem using Excel.
In this post we’ll look at manual forecasting.

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Highlighting Data Points in Scatter and Line Charts

Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Excel Howtos, Posts by Hui
Highlighting Data Points in Scatter and Line Charts

Introducing a method of allowing data points to be interactively highlighted in Excel Scatter / X-Y Charts and Line Charts.
You will see a lot of these style charts in various places where you want to highlight various aspects of the chart to your audience. It is a great technique for complex scientific and engineering charts where you may have hundreds or thousands of points.

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A Technique for Analysing Large Tables of Data

A Technique for Analysing Large Tables of Data

Once you start using Excel to develop systems, budget, forecast and large tables of data you may come across the dilemma of “How do I know this is right” or “How do I truth check this”.
This post will add a tool to your arsenal to help you out.

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Excel School Closing in a Few Hours – Join Now!

Published on Sep 29, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, products
Excel School Closing in a Few Hours – Join Now!

As some of you know, I run an online Excel Training Program called as Excel School. I have opened registrations for 3rd batch of this program on September 14th. Thank you very much for supporting this program wildly. In a few hours, I will be closing the registrations for Excel School.

Click here to sign up for Excel School

Read the rest of the post to learn more about Excel School and also download time across world chart template.

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Official FIFA World-cup Soccer Balls since 1930 in an Excel Chart [Excel Fun]

Published on May 28, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
Official FIFA World-cup Soccer Balls since 1930 in an Excel Chart [Excel Fun]

The FIFA World-cup 2010 edition is around the corner. Like millions of people around the world, I too am an ardent fan of football. (although, I have played only one game of soccer in which I waited near opponents goal post as I was too lazy to run around. And when my team mates kicked […]

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What are Excel Sparklines & How to use them? [Excel 2010]

Published on May 18, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
What are Excel Sparklines & How to use them? [Excel 2010]

As part of Excel 2010, Microsoft has introduced an exciting and new charting feature called as “sparklines”. Edward Tufte coined the term sparkline and defined it as, “intense, simple, word-sized graphics”. I think adding sparklines to Excel’s pack of visualizations is a huge step in the right direction. Sparklines (often called as micro-charts) add rich visualization capability to tabular data without taking too much space. While MS’ implementation of Sparklines in Excel 2010 leaves a lot to be desired, it provides a solid platform and introduces this powerful charting idea to masses.

In this post, we explore sparklines in excel 2010 and learn how to use them. You can find several tips and ideas on implementing sparklines in your upcoming report.

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Evolution of Privacy Policies on Facebook – a Panel Chart in Excel

Evolution of Privacy Policies on Facebook – a Panel Chart in Excel

Out of curiosity I took the data from Matt McKeon’s Privacy on Facebook chart and try to re-do the chart in Excel. I made a panel chart depicting how Facebook’s privacy policies have changed since 2005. You can see a bigger version of chart as well as get the download excel from the post. Read on…

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Change Data Labels in Charts to Whatever you want [Quick Tip]

Published on May 5, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
Change Data Labels in Charts to Whatever you want [Quick Tip]

We all know that Chart Data Labels help us highlight important data points. When you “add data labels” to a chart series, excel can show either “category” , “series” or “data point values” as data labels.

But what if you want to have a data label that is altogether different, like this:

Of course you can point data labels to any cell. In this quick tip, we will learn how to do this, read on…

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How to pick a chart type – Charting 101

Published on Apr 19, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
How to pick a chart type – Charting 101

Bar chart or Line? Scatter plot or box plot? These are the questions we ask ourselves when we set out to make a chart. Because, “Selecting right chart for our data” is very important to tell our story.

In this article, we will learn how to “select the right chart” based on our data and situation.

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How to Visualize Survey Results using Incell Panel Charts [case study]

Published on Apr 1, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
How to Visualize Survey Results using Incell Panel Charts [case study]

A panel chart (often called as trellis display or small-multiples) shows data for multiple variables in an easy to digest format. It lets users compare in any way and draw conclusions with ease.

Today, I want to discuss how the principles of panel chart can be applied to visualize a complex set of survey results. For this we will use the recent survey conducted by Gartner on how various customers use BI (Business Intelligence) tools.

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