Combination Chart (Column and Line) with Percentage Change for PowerPoint

Use this line and column combination chart PowerPoint template to visualize and compare category data plotted on dual Y-axis.

In this template, percent change is derived from numeric data, using formulas.

Chart Type

Combination Chart (Column + Line)​

Chart Function

Comparison

Use case example: Annual revenue growth

What is the amount of revenue earned in each of the last five years and what is the year-on-year percentage growth in revenue. The chart in above example answers these questions with columns representing annual revenue amount of an organization over last 5 years and the line represents percentage growth in revenue over previous year. 

For comparison of quarterly revenue between two periods, use this line chart with 3 panels.

Example KPI Target: Increase YoY annual revenue by 20% in 2018.

Formula

% Change = [ (Revenue this year - Revenue previous year) / Revenue previous year ] x 100

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 categories in column A (plotted on X-axis) and corresponding data in column B (plotted on primary Y-axis).
  3. Percentage change / percentage growth is derived from numeric data entered in column B. This is plotted on secondary Y-axis using a line chart.
  4. Close the Excel sheet.
  5. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2010 and above.

Watch the following video for;

  • How to edit chart data.
  • How to add categories and data series, if you have more data than provided in this ready-to-use template.
  • Dynamic calculations of percent change and display on second Y-axis.
  • How to change chart colors easily.

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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