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Building pie charts in Mac Excel 2016.
How to build an effective pie chart, and when you shouldn’t use them.
Where/when to use the technique
When you need to convey a simple percentage value or a maximum of 3 data series that need to be displayed as a proportion. (If there are more than 3 data series, reach to a bar or column chart instead.)
Before you start, be aware
- Your brain is not good at working with angles or areas
- If you have more than 3 data series, move to a different chart style (bar or column)
Creating a Pie Chart
- Select A7:B8
- Go to Insert --> Recommended Charts and select the pie chart
- Select the chart title, press the equals key, click on A4 and press Enter
- Click on the pie chart
- Right click and choose Add Data Labels
- Right click the Data Labels and choose Format Data Labels
- Select Percentage and clear the Values
- Set the label position to Center
- Click the largest area of the pie twice (slowly, not a double click) to select the series
- Change the Outline to a dark green from the mini-toolbar
- Click the smallest area of the pie twice (slowly, not a double click) to select the series
- Change the Outline to a dark red from the mini-toolbar
- Select a worksheet cell, then right click the entire pie
- Set the fill to “No Fill”
- Right click the smallest point on the pie and choose “Format Data Point”
- Set the Point Explosion to 10%
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