If you want to make your reports look more professional, or just juice up your social networking site home page, you might want to consider adding colorful charts. Pie charts, especially three dimensional charts in multiple colors, are a great way to make information more presentable, easier to understand, and add a touch of class to almost any presentation. There are a number of free online chart and graph making sites (such as chartgo.com and charts.apis.google.com ) that have easy to use chart making utilities. You can also find other chart maker programs by typing “using an online pie chart maker” in the search field.
Here are easy-to-follow steps for using an online pie chart maker once you have decided on the online chart making website you wish to use:
- Decide first what information (data) you want to illustrate on your chart. As an example, a chart on how your income is spent might have the following categories of data: rent, transportation, food, entertainment. Then, decide whether you want to show amounts of percentages. This will determine if marginal information is needed; for instance, if you show the percentage of income spent on each item, you might want to include marginal information showing the total amount of income. After you’ve chosen the data elements, think about the colors you want to use.
- The next step is to choose the type chart (in this case, pie chart). Sites differ in ease of use; the Chartgo site being one of the easiest. If you are new to using online chart making programs, it is advisable to look at the ease of use before selecting a utility.
- Now, enter the labels and data for the fields. If you are using one of the more advanced charting programs, you will need to select the colors for the fields (Chartgo does this for you, although you can edit and change them if you wish), so give some consideration to how the colors work together to set your fields apart for easy viewing.
- Determine the size of your chart. If you want to add a lot of marginal information, keep the size relatively small; large charts will fill the page, leaving very little room for additional labels or marginalia.
- Give your chart and your labels titles or names. For instance, the income percentage pie chart could be called “Breakdown of Personal Expenses.”
- Decide if you want your pie chart to be two- or three-dimensional, whether the colors should be transparent or opaque, and if you want any kind of shadow. After making these selections, pull your chart up on the screen for review. If all is as you envisioned, you can print, save to file, or link your chart to a web page or email.