Default installation of Excel have reasonable presets for chart types and colors, but you can change those defaults according your own preferences.
Excel is heavily used by all Microsoft Office users and automatically opened workbooks, customizations of menu, recent documents and start screen allow you to save a lot of time.
There are several useful features in Excel that can help to create your charts, which automatically change visual appearance depending on data.
There are several different charts in Excel that can help you to create a perfect progress illustration.
For some presentations will be interesting to add title that contains changeable data, for example, dependent on volume.
For some presentation of the competition will be more informative to see points that missed to achieve the Goal. This tip is about how to create simple competition chart with residual data.
This tip shows how to create dynamically updated chart labels that depend on value or other cells.
This tip shows how to create simple competition chart using bar chart.
Creating a thermometer chart you are not limited to a single color bar. Instead you can specify different colors for different value intervals. This tip shows you how to create a rainbow thermometer chart. E.g., working on some goal you can specify risk zones for it: red zone - risk of the fail is high, yellow zone - success/fail is unknown, green zone - success is not far enough.
Data visualization is a key cognitive tool that enables you to attract more attention to your statements. E.g., you can direct your organization attention to insufficiently developed goals and praise them for successfully performed goals. This tip shows you how to update thermometer char colors automatically according to the current process status.