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Excel® Dashboards & Reports by John Walkenbach, Michael Alexander

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Chapter 10. Chartless Visualization Techniques

In This Chapter

  • Creating dynamic labels

  • Using the Camera tool

  • Working with formula-driven visualizations

  • Using fancy fonts

  • Leveraging symbols in formulas

Up to this point, we've discussed the tools that you can use to build basic dashboard components: charts, pivot tables, pivot charts, and sparklines. In this chapter, you'll focus on components that are less apparent — chartless visualizations.

In contrast to the previous topics, chartless visualization is less a feature specific to Excel than it is a concept that you can apply to your dashboard presentation. With these types of visualizations, you can easily add layers of interactivity to your dashboard and take advantage of some common worksheet features that can simplify your work.

Dynamic Labels

A common place to add dynamic labels is to an interactive chart. In Figure 10-1, I have a pivot chart that shows the Top 10 Categories of sports product sales organized by a geographic market. When a user changes the market location in the drop-down list, the chart updates accordingly. Now, it would be helpful to add a label to the chart that clearly states the market that the user is viewing.

Interactive charts, such as this pivot chart, are ideal places to use a dynamic label that changes based on your current selection.

Figure 10-1. Interactive charts, such as this pivot chart, are ideal places to use a dynamic label that changes based on your current selection.

Note

For a complete discussion of pivot charts, see Chapter 8.

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