Visuals such as graphs and charts make reports more exciting and attractive. We all try using visuals to represent the numbers quickly and understandably. While making charts is easy, creating a perfect chart is a skill any employer looks for.
Here are five ways to make a perfect chart in Excel:
Before you start making charts, it is necessary that you arrange your data in the correct format and also sort it from highest to lowest or the other way round. Proper arrangement of the data makes the chart look clean and tidy.
When a chart is placed in Excel, it automatically inserts features like legends, gridlines, etc. To make a perfect chart, you must draw the viewer's attention directly to what you are depicting in the graph. Gridlines incorrectly placed legends act as a disturbance to the viewer.
The colors you choose for a chart speak a lot about your work. While selecting multiple colors while making a pie chart is recommended, using various colors for a bar graph is never a good idea. Apart from this, it is also suggested to include your business colors in the charts. Neither should charts be too clumsy nor too boring.
Headings explain what the chart is depicting. The header of the chart should be short, crisp and descriptive. Also, it is necessary to give appropriate titles to the axis. Each axis heading should clearly indicate what is being depicted by it.
Legends depict what is being shown by the colors used in the graphs. Excel automatically places the legends to the right of the graph. It is recommended to put legends at the bottom of the chart space. It makes the charts more clear and attractive, eliminating the disturbances. Apart from the placement of the legend, avoid using legend for a single series of data.