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How to Make a Waffle Chart in Excel

How to Make a Waffle Chart in Excel

Waffle charts display part-to-whole patterns. They’re kind of like square versions of pie charts. I introduced them in an earlier post about visualizing survey results. Look familiar?   Here’s how to make waffle charts within good ol’ Excel. The first few steps are a little…

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How to Enter Your Custom Color Codes in Excel

How to Enter Your Custom Color Codes in Excel

If you want to look polished, then you have no other choice but to customize your visualization’s color palette. Don’t worry–customizing your colors is an easy low-hanging-fruit edit. Locate your style guide, scroll down to the color section, and decode the jargon. If you don’t…

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Pie Chart Makeover: Revenue and Expenses

Pie Chart Makeover: Revenue and Expenses

A couple weeks ago I was in Birmingham with the Alabama Power Company’s grantees. We spent two days learning data visualization principles and producing makeovers of their graphs.   Before One of the grantees was presenting their revenue and expenses data like this, in two…

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Sorting Your Bar Charts

Sorting Your Bar Charts

“Ann, my bar chart is upside down! Help!” You read my prior post about using horizontal bar charts for nominal variables like favorite fruits. My toddler is eating two! bananas a day so bananas are the winner in this fictional fruit contest. Our original table…

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Quickly Visualizing Patterns with Excel’s Data Bars

Quickly Visualizing Patterns with Excel’s Data Bars

Data bars are miniature within-cell bar charts. I primarily use them to quickly explore patterns in my dataset. Sometimes I decide to make an actual bar chart of the data later on. Other times, I’m simply using these tiny charts to help my brain spot…

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