Column Chart with Conditional Formatting for Lowest Value

Use this uncommon column chart PowerPoint template to compare category data and automatically highlight lowest value column using conditional formatting.

In this template variation, the category with lowest value is automatically highlighted in a different color from rest of the categories. 

Type

Column Chart

Function

Comparison

Use case example: Monthly sales

The uncommon column chart in above example compares monthly sales for six months – from January to June. The month with lowest sales volume is automatically highlighted in red color, to draw instant attention.

How to use and edit this chart template

To edit this chart template, execute following steps.

  1. Right click on the chart to open chart menu. Click Edit Data. This will open the linked Excel sheet (see video below).
  2. Enter category values in column A (plotted on X-axis) and corresponding data in column B (plotted on Y-axis).
  3. Close the Excel sheet.
  4. The category with lowest value is automatically identified and highlighted in a different color from rest of the categories.
  5. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2013 and above.

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.

Stephen Few
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