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Many would agree with the statement that simple charts in spreadsheets are, well, really not that simple. Our comprehensive Ultimate Charts (Part 1) spreadsheet collection and Ultimate Charts (Part 2) with different built-in types of charts: waterfalls, pie charts, stacked areas, histograms and treemaps were developed to actually simplify the process and save you hours of work and hundreds of nerve cells. A number of chart collages and dashboards are also available. To change the color theme, go to the Page Layout tab, click Colors, and pick the desired color theme.

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The Ultimate Charts template can save time and effort in creating reports and analysis by providing a variety of commonly used charts such as waterfalls, pie charts, stacked areas, histograms, and treemaps. These are built-in and ready to use, simplifying the process of creating visualizations. It also includes chart collages and dashboards. Additionally, the template allows for easy customization of color themes, further enhancing the efficiency and ease of creating visually appealing reports and analysis.

The Ultimate Charts template offers a variety of chart collages and dashboards. Some examples include waterfalls, pie charts, stacked areas, histograms, and treemaps. These charts are designed to simplify the process of creating visualizations in spreadsheets, saving you time and effort. Additionally, the template allows you to change the color theme of the charts to suit your preferences.

To change the color theme in the Ultimate Charts template, you need to navigate to the Page Layout tab. Once there, click on the Colors option and select the desired color theme.

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Gantt charts are a useful tool in project management as they allow you to strategize, monitor, control, and communicate tasks at every stage of every project. To perfect your charts, use our Ultimate Gantt Collection template.

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Sales overview dashboard provides essential information and keeps you aware of necessary metrics and performance standards. This Dashboard keeps your sales, key Performance Indicators, and goals organized in a timely manner.

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Overview

This deck contains twenty sheets. The chart types available are 2D Bar Chart, Horizontal Bar Chart set, Sales Overview and Sales Detail Dashboard, Gantt Chart Summary and Gantt Chart Detailed View, Waterfall Charts, Visualizations, Histograms, Histograms for Price Increase, Pie Charts (sunburst and doughnut), Scatter Charts and Bubbles, Stacked Area Charts, Combo Charts, Cumulative Growth Chart and Treemap Chart.

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Combo Charts and Cumulative Growth Charts in the Ultimate Charts template offer several advantages. Combo Charts allow you to display multiple series of data on a single chart, which can be useful for comparing and contrasting different data sets. They can also be customized to display different types of data (e.g., bars for one series, lines for another), making them versatile and flexible. Cumulative Growth Charts, on the other hand, are excellent for showing the growth of a variable over time. They can help visualize the cumulative effect of a series of values, making trends and patterns more apparent. Both these charts can enhance data analysis and reporting.

Histograms for Price Increase can be used in business strategy in several ways. They can provide a visual representation of the distribution of price increases, which can help identify patterns and trends. This can be useful for predicting future price changes and making strategic decisions accordingly. For example, if the histogram shows a high frequency of small price increases, a business might decide to focus on volume sales rather than trying to increase prices significantly. Conversely, if the histogram shows a few large price increases, it might indicate that there is room for further price increases without significantly affecting sales volume.

The Gantt Chart Summary and Gantt Chart Detailed View in the Ultimate Charts template serve different purposes. The Gantt Chart Summary provides a high-level overview of a project's timeline, including the start and end dates of different tasks and their progress. It's useful for quickly understanding the overall timeline and status of a project. On the other hand, the Gantt Chart Detailed View provides a more in-depth look at each task, including dependencies, sub-tasks, and more detailed progress information. It's useful for project managers who need to closely monitor and manage the progress of individual tasks.

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To see which chart will serve your needs best, read the brief description of each below.

  • 2d Bar Chart – this chart represents data categories through vertical or rectangular bars that are proportional to numerical values. Bar charts highlight the relationship between data groups and statistical values and detail changes in data groups over time. They also show the frequency of each data category.
  • Horizontal bar chart – Horizontal Bar Charts are used for graphing nominal variables. Nominal variables are organized in a list from top to bottom, which means their bars are horizontal. This type of bar chart is often used for market performance evaluation and financial data comparison.
  • Sales Overview Dashboard – sales graphs and charts offer vital information about the business, and Sales Dashboard specifically provides the value of customer figures and its market positioning.
  • Gantt Chart – a Gantt Chart illustrates a project schedule and timeline, as well as shows the dependency relationships between tasks and current project status.
  • Waterfall Charts – Waterfall Charts are used to visually illustrate how a starting value of something becomes a final value through a series of intermediate additions and subtractions. Waterfall charts are widely used in the Finance sector.
  • Histograms– a histogram is the most commonly used graph to show frequency distributions. Although it looks a lot like a bar chart, the main difference is that in bar charts, every column represents a group defined by a categorical variable, and in histograms, every column represents a group defined by a continuous, quantitative variable.
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  • Pie Charts – pie charts are generally used to demonstrate percentage or proportional data and the percentage represented by each category provided next to the corresponding slice of pie.
  • Scatter Charts (Scatter Graph) – this chart uses dots to represent values for two different numeric variables. The position of each dot on the horizontal and vertical axis shows values for an individual data point.
  • Bubble Charts – a Bubble Chart can be used instead of a scatter chart if the data has three data series that each contains a set of values. The sizes of the bubbles are determined by the values in the third data series.
  • Stacked area charts – Stacked Area Charts are used to visualize part-to-whole relationships and show how each category contributes to the cumulative total.
  • Combo Charts – A Combo Chart is a combination of two column charts, two line graphs or a column chart and a line graph. Combo Charts help to determine trends and patterns.
  • Treemap Chart – The Treemap Chart is used for representing hierarchical data in a tree-like structure. Treemap Charts help to determine the relationship between two elements, improve the use of space, display multiple elements together, show ratios of each part to the whole and more.
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The Ultimate Charts template is a comprehensive tool for creating a variety of charts for data visualization. It includes 2D bar charts, horizontal bar charts, sales overview dashboards, Gantt charts, and waterfall charts among others. Each chart type serves a specific purpose and is used for different kinds of data representation. Comparatively, other spreadsheet visualization tools may not offer such a wide range of chart types. They might also require more time and effort to create similar visualizations. However, the exact comparison would depend on the specific tool in question.

A Waterfall Chart is a form of data visualization that helps in understanding the cumulative effect of sequentially introduced positive or negative values. These values can either be time-based or category-based. The chart is called a 'waterfall' because the columns that give the final result seem to fall or rise from the base level, just like a waterfall. It's often used in financial analysis to understand how an initial value is affected by a series of intermediate positive or negative values.

A Gantt Chart in project management is used to illustrate a project schedule and timeline. It shows the dependency relationships between tasks and the current status of the project. It provides a visual representation of the project's progress and helps in tracking tasks, deadlines, and milestones. It also aids in resource allocation and identifying potential bottlenecks in the project.

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