Spreadsheet Models for Managers

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Spreadsheet Models for Managers

Demonstrations for Session 6

We have four demonstrations (2007+) for this session:

Column and Pie Charts (2007+)
[Sheet: Sales]

In this first example, we show two kinds of graphs. The first, a column graph, is made by using the Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013 command Insert>Charts>Column>Clustered Column. In Excel 2011, we use the command Charts>All>Column>Clustered Column.

The second graph is a pie chart. In Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013, use the command Insert>Charts>Pie>2-D Pie. In Excel 2011, use the command Charts>Pie>Pie.

Both of these graphs can also be inserted as sheets in the workbook. In Excel 2007+, you make that choice by first creating the chart on the worksheet, then clicking right (Windows or Mac) or Ctrl+Clicking (Mac) on its border to expose the chart context menu. Finally choose the command Move Chart…, and move it to a new sheet.

Charts as Pages of the Workbook (2007+)
[Sheet: SalesPie]

This is the pie chart from the previous example, except it’s inserted as a page of the workbook.

A Stacked Area Chart (2007+)
[Sheet: Mailings]

Now we’re looking at the Mailings data as a stacked area chart. In effect, this is a series of pie charts, unwound as columns, one for each category.

Difficulties of 3D Charts (2007+)
[Sheet: Mailings3D]

The same data, plotted as a 3D column graph. 3D graphs are difficult to understand, because the perspective makes it difficult to compare data points. In this case, the distant data is higher, but such isn’t always the case. When the distant data is lower, it can be completely obscured.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 27-Apr-2016 04:15:26 EDT

About Charts

The purpose of charts is visual communication. Sadly, many charts that contain important information don’t communicate that information very well. Communicating visually in an effective manner is probably an art, but it’s an art we can learn.

One way to learn is by bad examples — actually studying examples of bad technique. Fortunately, bad examples are easy to find. Finding good examples is more difficult, but there are several excellent references in the class notes. Enjoy!