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How to make a color-coded legend in PowerPoint



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Graphs and graphs serve a little purpose if the audience does not know what each section of the illustration represents. Adding a color-coded legend is the perfect way to keep the audience on track.

Inserting a Graph in PowerPoint

The first step is to create your graphics that illustrate the data trends you want to display. Fortunately, PowerPoint comes with several graphs and charts to choose from. The hardest part of this process is choosing the graphics you like best.

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First, go over to the picture where we will insert the graph. Then switch to the "Insert" tab and then click "Chart".

  Insert chart

The "Insert chart" window appears. You can select the desired type of card in the left pane. We choose "Pie" in this example. Once you have selected your chart, click "OK".

  select chart style

The chart will now appear in the PowerPoint frame, along with a small spreadsheet. Type in the data you want in the spreadsheet and then close the spreadsheet window.

  enter the chart data

The neat part of this method is that you do not need to create a color coded legend at all. Excel does one for you!

  inserted diagram with legend

However, there are some customization options to give your legend a style you like.

Customizing Your Legend

With PowerPoint, you can change the location, font type, and color of the legend. To change the legend mode, select the chart and then select the "Chart Elements" icon.

  Chart element

A small menu appears on the page. Hold the cursor over "Legend" to have the options arrow appear. Click this arrow, and another menu you can choose the location of your legend.

  legend location

You can also select "More Options" to open the "Format Legend" box on the right. However, the only extra option you get is "top right".

When you are satisfied with the situation in your legend, it is time to move on to other formatting options. To change the ID, first, select the legend and right-click on it. In the menu that appears, select "Font."

 select font from the menu

Here you can change the font, size and color of your text. You can also add effects as a stroke. Once you have adjusted the settings for your text, click "OK".

 edit text sytle

You can also change the background and boundary of the legend. To do this, you must open the Legend Format box by right-clicking on the legend and selecting "Format Legend" from the menu.

 Format Legend

To change the background to legend, select the "Fill and Line" icon in the box. Then choose your fill type. There are several different options to choose from, and each one gives you a preview once selected. We use "Gradient fill" in this example.

 gradient fill

Your legend would now look something like this:

 legend fill

You can also edit the boundary of the legend by choosing "Border "in the" Fill and Line "tab.

 border style

To give your legend some special effects, select the icon "Effects" in the Format Legend box and then choose what type of effect you have "I like to give your legend from the list with options.

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To change the color of the legend corresponding to the data in the chart, you have to do it within the chart itself, right-click the section of the chart for which you want to change the color, select the "Fill" option in the menu that appears and then select the desired color. You will notice the explanation of the colors with the corresponding data in the diagram.

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You can also choose some of the predefined color options available by PowerPoint. On the" Design "tab, select" Change colors " .

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