Creating a meaningful chart in PowerPoint can sometimes be challenging. A common problem with PowerPoint charts is the display of high absolute differences in bar charts. A column with a high value stands next to a column with a low value, making individual values difficult to read. We explain in 5 simple steps how to use Breaks in empower®charts to create a easy to read chart.
- To be able to set breaks, click on “lines” in the action bar above the chart and select “breaks”.
- Now click on “+” to add a break.
- To set a break, you must define an area that is shortened by the break. However, this range must be within the values of the highest column.
- Confirm the entry with “Ok”. Then the chart is adjusted.
In our example we have created a bar chart. The value from 2016 is comparatively much higher than the other values. Breaks can be set to make the difference between the other years clearer.
Step 1: Open the action bar
To be able to set breaks, click on “Lines” in the action bar above the chart and select “Breaks”.
Step 2: Add Break
Now click on “+” to add a break.
Step 3: Define an area
To set a break, you must define an area that will be shortened. However, this range must be within the values of the highest column. In our case, a range between 300 and 800 makes sense. This area is then “cut out” so that the column is shortened.
Step 4: Confirm input
Confirm the entry with “OK”. Then the chart is adjusted.
The break makes the middle column look as simple as if you had cut out a part with scissors. Now the different years can be easily distinguished again. The break is marked by two lines in the middle of the column.
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