How to use full circle progress charts for numbering

PowerPoint 365
To create an unforgettable presentation, you may use your own funny or otherwise interesting visual accents and some creative elements. You can use different colors, backgrounds, or pictures, etc., but standard elements still limit you.

This tip shows how to use Arc length charts in PowerPoint to create creative numbering in your presentation.

See also the numbering list.

Creative numbering in PowerPoint 2016

To create a slide like the one above, do the following:

   1.   Create a background picture, see How to make a custom background for the PowerPoint slide for more details.

   2.   Create several progress Arc length charts for numbering (see How to create full circle progress charts in PowerPoint):

   2.1.   On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Chart button and then choose the Doughnut chart.

   2.2.   In the Chart in Microsoft PowerPoint dialog box:

  • In the Volume row, enter the formula: point number * 100 / (total points in your list + 1),

    in this example:

    • The first point: 1 * 100 / (3 + 1) = 25:
      Chart in Microsoft PowerPoint in PowerPoint 2016
    • The second point: 2 * 100 / (3 + 1) = 50;
    • The third point: 3 * 100 / (3 + 1) = 75;
  • In the Rest row, enter 100 – Volume:
Different numbering in PowerPoint 2016

   3.   Customize the Volume data:

   3.1.   Right-click on the volume data and select Format Data Point... in the popup menu:

Format Data Point in popup PowerPoint 2016

   3.2.   In the Format Data Point pane, on the Fill & Line tab:

  • In the Fill section, choose Solid fill and select the color you prefer:
    Choose point color in PowerPoint 2016
  • In the Border section, choose Solid fill, select the color you prefer and increase width in the Width field:
    Choose border color in PowerPoint 2016

   4.   Customize the Rest data:

Open the Format Data Point pane for the Rest data point and on the Fill & Line tab:

  • In the Fill section, choose Solid fill and select the color as for the Values data.
  • In the Border section, choose No line:
    Choose no border in PowerPoint 2016

Make any other adjustments to get the look you desire.

See also this tip in French: Comment utiliser le graphique circulaire de progrès pour la numérotation.

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