How to Turn Spreadsheets Data into Interactive Excel Charts

excel chartsMicrosoft Excel is the leader among data spreadsheet applications. Used by over half a billion people across the globe, it is regularly updated with new versions to improve its functionality. The latest version, MS Excel 2013 pushes the limits of creating and working with tables, charts, graphs and macros even further.

Obviously, MS Excel is a powerful spreadsheet editor for advanced data processing and manipulation. Millions of financial and business analysts, auditors, accountants, bookkeepers and managers around the world probably can’t even imagine their world without Excel. However, one of the greatest dangers of working with data, especially if the results are to be presented to a third party, is the risk of creating very dry, dull data reports that nobody actually likes to dive into and peruse.

The key to producing successful spreadsheets is in providing useful and actionable information presented in a visually engaging and creative way. Microsoft Excel recognizes this need and enables its users to turn their data into all kinds of Excel charts, graphs and SmartArt graphics. But, creative users don’t have to rely only on Excel’s core features for presenting their work. For example, there are many different tools and apps for converting data into rich visualizations on the net.

Furthermore, Excel is extensible and can be enriched with all sorts of additional apps developed by independent developers. Some of these apps help Excel users to turn their data spreadsheets into a literal and interactive work of art.


how to Create Interactive excel Charts

There are apps that enable Excel users to convert their data-rich spreadsheets into interactive Excel charts with just a few clicks right from their spreadsheet toolbar. But you can create such charts directly in Excel with List Box control.

This tutorial here explains how to do that, giving you step-by-step instructions. When you prepare data that you will include in the interactive graphics you need to create a list box. List Box options give you a control over your chart. You can insert input range and count link to define what do you want to display and where do you want to store the presented data.

Innovative ways of presenting data are certainly the future, if we want to succeed in the fast-spinning world of information overload.  Translating a long, unintelligible line of numbers into colorful, interactive Excel charts is an excellent way to make information understandable and memorable – which is what all important information should be.