Multi-Series Line Chart PowerPoint Template

Use this multi-series line chart PowerPoint template to compare and analyze trends over a period of time at equal intervals.

Type

Line Chart

Function

Trends, Comparison

Use case example: Monthly product sales

What are the sales numbers and trends of each of the 5 SaaS products? 

The multi-series line chart in above example presents sales data of 5 products over a period of time. With a quick glance, we can see that while 4 of the 5 products show largely consistent sales number trends, ‘managed services’ product sales is not only fluctuating almost each month but also showing a declining trend. This data analysis and presentation emphasizes a need to investigate reasons for this inconsistency. 

This chart plots time intervals (months in this example) on X-axis and corresponding numeric values on Y-axis. Each data series is colored differently for easy visual distinction. Each data series is also labeled with series names (product names in this example) for improved readability. This smart labeling eliminates a need for separate legend, thus reducing clutter in the chart. 

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. They are plotted on X-axis.
  3. Enter corresponding series data for each category in cells highlighted in blue color. This is plotted on Y-axis.
  4. Close the Excel sheet.
  5. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2010 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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