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  1. Allow a value from the data be added as a label within a chart in Excel

    When creating a chart in Excel, allow user to be able to add as a "text box" anywhere in the chart a value from a calculation of the data anywhere within the file.

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      1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Set 8.43 as the default cell width for ALL versions

      Hi guys,
      almost a month ago I was working on a file on Excel 2010 (whose cells were 15 x 8,43), when all of a sudden Windows asked me to install the so-called "Windows 10 anniversary" update and, when I went on to open the file, I found out the cell width had gone from 8.43 to 8.38. As a result, only columns A through R would show on one page (before it was columns A through half of U), because each of them had gotten larger: I guess it was because 8.43 = 64 pixels and 8.38 = 72…

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        1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Mariam,

        8.43 is the correct width (though, to be transparent, the cell width is based on the font used for the “Normal” style, so if you use a different font than Calibri there, then the width will be different).

        As you discovered, the change to Calibri as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update caused some issues with Excel formatting. You’ve got the workaround, and we’re in the process of getting a fix out there so you can use ClearType again.

        Cheers,
        Dan [MS]

      • Standard Customized Charts

        I am currently using Office 2010, I would love to have the possibility to create, for example, my personal line chart, with the dimension, layout, axes formats and so on stuff already standardized.
        Something like a "Browse for template" but for charts :)

        Cheers!

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          0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          You can already create a “chart template format” and apply that to charts that you create in the future. To do it, follow these steps (from Excel 2016, but I think the 2010 steps are the same/similar):

          1. Create the chart you want (all the series, etc.)
          2. Format the chart the way you want it formatted (colors, font sizes, etc.)
          3. Right click on the chart and choose “Save as Template…” in the context menu. Save the crtx file in the suggested location.

          4. Now, create a new chart, give it all the data you want, but don’t worry about formatting anything.
          5. Select the chart and on the Chart Tools > Design Ribbon, choose Change Chart Type
          6. In the Change Chart Type dialog, select the “All Charts” tab at the top
          7. In the list of chart types on the left, choose “Templates”

          Now, you’ll see the…

        • Create short cut for creating dynamic Charts in excel 2016

          Create short cut for creating dynamic Charts in excel 2016.
          The current process is long and not comfortable. in my opinion an easy way will make it a must.

          This is how you do it in the old way http://www.criticaltosuccess.com/dynamic-charts-in-excel-resize-with-offset-function-named-ranges/

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            1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            This has been supported for the last several versions of Excel if you use a Table as your data source for the chart.

            Thanks,
            Scott [MSFT]

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              1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add the capability to add chart labels attached to one or more data points comparable to the third party add-in XY chart labels.

              It would be useful to attached labels to key data points to explain a key system change affecting the data. These labels would need to float with the graph rather than moving an existing text box. The third party add-in XY-labels does a decent job but could be easier to use.

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                0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                We currently support adding data labels to any data point including XY scatter. Please clarify the type of functionality you need beyond what is already supported with data labels.

                Thanks,
                Scott [MSFT]

              • Can't Paste Link with New Excel 2016 Chart Types

                Created Chart with one of new Excel 2016 Chart Types
                Want to Paste Link into Word document
                But Paste Link is grayed out
                Created different Chart with a different one of the new Excel 2016 Chart Types
                Same result - Paste Link is grayed out
                Created different Chart with one of the old Chart Types and Past Link is there

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                  0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Paste Link is the default for the new chart types in Office 2016 and its the only option right now. As such, the chart pasted into Word should update if the data in the source Excel document is changed. Currently, the new chart types do not support Embedding the entire workbook.

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                  Scott [MSFT]

                • Navigation by using arrows in waterfall chart doesn't work and it rather moves the actual chart

                  Navigation by using arrows in waterfall chart doesn't work and it rather moves the actual chart

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                    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Navigation of the new chart types is supported but the model has changed. The arrow keys are now used for nudging.

                    The new model is the following. When a chart is selected, hit “Enter” to move the selection to the top level parent objects within the chart. Use the “Tab” key to cycle through each of the parent objects. To get to the children of the parent object; e.g. data points in the series, hit the “Enter” key, then continue traversing the child items with the “Tab” key.

                    Thanks,
                    Scott [MSFT]

                  • Chart - logrithmic scale

                    Please allow for charting using a log scale (not in v2010). Thanks.

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                      2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Log scales are supported in Excel 2010 and later. Just double click on the value axis and check the box called “Logarithmic scale” in the dialog.

                      Thanks,
                      Scott [MSFT]

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