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In 5 steps create clear charts with breaks in PowerPoint

Til Streitbörger
July 18, 2019

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.

  1. To be able to set breaks, click on "lines" in the action bar above the chart and select "breaks".
  2. Now click on "+" to add a break.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

chart without breaks

 

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".

insert breaks in powerpoint chart

 

Step 2: Add Break

Now click on "+" to add a break.

new break in empower charts

 

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.

define an area

 

Step 4: Confirm input

Confirm the entry with "OK". Then the chart is adjusted.

chart with breaks in powerpoint

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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