8. Is Your Bar Too Crowded? Shrink It!
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2pm, only a few more hours until happy hour and you cannot stop
thinking about how crowded your bars are…PowerPoint bars that is.
Thankfully it will not take you hours to expand or shrink the bars
of your latest chart.
There are basically
two types of width adjustments. The "Gap Width" and the "Overlap".
The Gap Width is the distance between each free segment of data.
For example, in a quarterly chart it would be the distance between
all of the data shown in 1st Qtr to all of the data shown in the
however is the distance between the bars of an individual segment
(1st Qtr). Therefore, the distance between the bars above the 1st
Qtrt, and the distance between the bars above 2nd Qtr, but not the
distance between the bars of the 1st and 2nd Qtrs. Therefore this
feature only works when there is two or more types one data on one
chart (the sales of cars and trains for the 1st Qtr, 2nd Qtr, ...)
space is very easy to do let's get to work…. If you do not have
a chart already, place one onto your slide (Insert - Chart). Open
up your chart edit mode and select any data series by clicking on
You will see
a small box appear in the center of all of the bars of that series
(See diagram above). On your main menu go to Format- Selected Data
select the Options tab.
You should see
the screen above and a two text fields with numbers in them. One
for the Gap Width and the other for the Overlap. Place in different
positive and negative numbers and watch the results. You will soon
see that your options are numerous. With a little extra space here
or there a chart can really take on a whole new look and dimension!
Here are a few
of my samples…
Chart Gap Width
Chart Overlap +75
I have included
these charts on a file for you to
have and I urge for you to experiment and send in your unique creations!
Next time your
in need of some charting help, do join me at the bar.