How to Make Your Graphs & Tables Look More Professional
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Whether you’re creating charts and graphs 8 Types of Excel Charts & When You Should Use Them 8 Types of Excel Charts & When You Should Use Them Graphics are easier to grasp than text and numbers. Charts are a great way to visualize numbers. We show you how to create charts in Microsoft Excel and when to best use what kind. Read More in Excel or formatting data tables in Word 8 Formatting Tips for Perfect Tables in Microsoft Word 8 Formatting Tips for Perfect Tables in Microsoft Word A table is more than a mere grid of cells. In Word, tables are not just containers for data but essential formatting tools. Find out how to manage this dual role with eight simple tips. Read More , there’s one thing you should always keep in mind: if it doesn’t look good, no one will read it.

Even the smallest cosmetic blunder can render your graphs and tables unsightly at best or downright repulsive at worst. Fortunately, with a few design tips and tweaks, your presentations will never look unprofessional ever again.

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What’s the key takeaway? Less is more. Remove or mute all unnecessary elements so that the spotlight can shine on the data you want to present. After all, data is what it’s all about.

Of course, you don’t have to blindly adhere to every tip. Heed as many of the tips as you find useful. Want to use Calibri? That’s your call. But regardless, try to reduce as much clutter as possible Clearing Out Clutter Is Good For You — But Why? Clearing Out Clutter Is Good For You — But Why? Decluttering is a great way to start the year feeling fresh, and it gives you a big sense of accomplishment — but there's more to it than that. This simple habit can improve your life. Read More . That’s the heart of these GIFs.

Did you find these useful? Or were they overkill? Got any tips and tricks of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Norreen
    November 13, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I loved the tips. Indeed useful. Big thanks.

  2. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

    As a Financial Controller, I'd argue the 1st "less is more" point. Those changes went too far (in my opinion anyway).

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2015 at 2:09 am

      Yeah, there are some contexts where taking away too much can be detrimental. Clean it up as much as the situation calls for, and no further. :)

  3. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Funny how when creating tables, they most often start out with exactly the formatting these tips end up with...and then get "improved". :)

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2015 at 2:08 am

      Haha, indeed. It just feels so empty otherwise... :P

  4. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thanks. A great help.

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2015 at 2:07 am

      Glad it was useful to you, Eric. :)