Creating Effective Charts

3 Credits: Computer Software & Applications


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Creating Effective Charts

Course Level
CPE Credits

3 Credits: Computer Software & Applications

Course Description

This online self-study CPE course offers a comprehensive guide to mastering the art of visual data presentation, a skill increasingly essential in the accounting and finance sectors. Participants will learn to differentiate between various chart types, such as combination charts and stock charts, understanding their components and applications. The self-study CPE course covers the steps involved in creating and editing charts, applying formatting techniques, and integrating graphics for enhanced visual appeal. Additionally, it teaches how to change default chart types and create custom chart templates, boosting efficiency in data presentation. Importantly, the course also delves into the methodologies of linking Excel data to PowerPoint, ensuring that your presentations are both dynamic and professionally polished. By completing this online CPE course, you will gain the ability to transform complex numerical data into clear, impactful visual representations, elevating the standard of your professional presentations.

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Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between the different chart types and recognize their components so that they can select the appropriate chart type to use for a particular presentation;
  • Recognize the different steps involved in creating charts;
  • Recognize how to edit existing charts by resizing, changing chart type, moving chart elements and adding/ deleting data series by using contextual tabs menus and short cut keys;
  • Recognize how to apply formatting techniques, such as colors and inserting objects such as graphics, to a chart;
  • Recognize how to change the default chart type;
  • Recognize the steps required to create custom chart types and how to save them as templates to improve efficiency;
  • Differentiate between the different methodologies of linking Excel data and using static Excel data into PowerPoint presentations; and
  • Recognize how fonts, colors, graphics, documentation and printing can impact the professionalism of a PowerPoint presentation.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
November 29, 2022

This course is written for Excel 2019 and Microsoft Office 365 users. However, users with Excel 2016 should have little difficulty. A basic understanding of file management (how to open and save files) is assumed. You should be comfortable using Excel at a basic level.

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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

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Patricia McCarthy, MBA, is a partner at CFO Resources LLC, a company focused on training and courseware for CPAs. Her focus is on Microsoft products, particularly Excel, and how to use these programs effectively in business. She’s also certified as an MOS expert in Excel. Patricia has been in software training for over 20 years, and her client list includes the Indiana CPA Society, which awarded her its Outstanding Discussion Leader award. She has been a contributor to the Journal of Accountancy and has published articles in several CPA society magazines, including societies in Indiana, Missouri, Texas, and Arizona. Patricia is a …