Column Chart with Above and Below Average Columns Auto Segregated

Use this uncommon column chart PowerPoint template to compare category data and automatically segregate above and below average categories using conditional formatting.

In this chart template;

  • Data series average is derived from absolute numbers.
  • Categories above and below average are automatically segregated and highlighted in different colors.

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 months with above average sales volume are automatically highlighted in green color and the months with below average sales volume are 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. Data series average is derived from absolute numbers.
  5. Categories above and below average are automatically segregated and highlighted in different colors.
  6. 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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