Pasting Charts in Word and PowerPoint

When you paste Excel charts into Word or PowerPoint you may also be pasting all the underlying data that created the chart.

To get around that problem, you can use the Copy as Picture option.

This option is on a drop down on the Copy button on the Home ribbon – see image below.

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You have a few options to choose from on what and how to copy.

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This treats the chart as a graphic, which breaks any links to the underlying data. It also makes it much easier to re-size the chart when you paste it in the destination document.

It is not dynamic at all – it is a point in time capture.

Power BI – Just starting out

The start of my journey

OK I have bitten the bullet and decided to get stuck in to Power BI. I am going to start playing around with Power BI Desktop – it is free after all. I thought I would blog about the experience and share my journey. I have created a Power BI category. I now have a button on my website that will list Power BI posts.

Show Horizontal Axis Entries Below the Chart

Great for displaying negatives in a line or column chart

I learned about a chart Axis option in Excel during a recent webinar – thanks to one of the attendees. You can show the Axis entries below the chart – this is handy for column charts that display negatives.

Horizontal bullet chart in Excel

Excel Yourself article

Check out my follow up article and VIDEO on the ITBDigital website on how to convert a vertical bullet chart into a horizontal one.

Click here for full article and video.

For the original bullet chart post click here

These techniques are based on ones in the great book
Excel 2007 Dashboards and Reports For Dummies by Michael Alexander

Excel Bullet Charts [Video]

Excel Yourself Article

Check out my July 2014 article on Bullet charts on the CPA Australia ITBDigital website – click here to see the article. The video is below.

Bullet charts were developed by Stephen Few – see his pdf on bullet charts click here.

The technique is based on one used by Michael Alexander in his great book Excel 2007 Dashboards and Reports for Dummies by Wiley.