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Microsoft Excel – Data Visualization, Excel Charts & Graphs

Master 20+ Excel charts & graphs and build custom visuals with a best-selling Excel instructor (Excel 2016 - Excel 2019)
Instructor:
Maven Analytics
63,690 students enrolled
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Understand WHEN, WHY, and HOW to use 20+ chart types in Excel 2016+
Learn advanced Excel tools like automated dashboards, scrolling charts, dynamic formats, and more
Master unique tips, tools and case studies that you won't find in ANY other Excel course, guaranteed
Explore fun, interactive, and highly effective lessons from a best-selling Excel instructor
Get LIFETIME access to project files, quizzes, homework exercises, and 1-on-1 expert support
Build 10+ Excel projects designed to take your data visualization skills to the next level

Hear why this is one of the TOP-RATED Excel courses on Udemy, and the #1 Excel Data Visualization course:

“Absolutely great stuff. I really enjoyed it! Chris is truly a Excel guru. I strongly recommend this course to all users looking to improve their skills with Excel charts & graphs.”

-Nirav M.

“Excellent from start to finish! I picked up a bunch of Excel data visualization tips that will be useful in the workplace, including some very cool advanced Excel visuals and custom charts & graphs. Loved all of it, and hope I can learn more from this wonderful individual!”

-Robert C.

“At the first part I just said to myself, “Wow, Excel is capable of that? It’s amazing!” Then at the second part I told myself “This guy is doing magic!”, and now I feel like I’m capable of doing the same. I’m definitely buying his other Excel and data visualization courses!”

-Judit B.

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FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Ask people what comes to mind when they think of Excel, and odds are they’ll say “spreadsheets“. The truth is, Excel is an incredibly powerful and dynamic data visualization platform for those willing to think beyond rows, columns, and primitive pie charts — and I’m here to prove it.

This course gives you a deep, 100% comprehensive understanding of Excel’s latest data visualization tools and techniques. I’ll show you when, why, and how to use each Excel chart type, introduce key data visualization best practices, and guide you through interactive, hands-on demos and Excel exercises every step of the way.

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We’ll kick things off by exploring each of the 20+ charts & graphs introduced in Excel 2016, including: 

  • Bar & Column charts

  • Histograms & Pareto charts (Office 365, Excel 2016 or Excel 2019)

  • Line charts & trend lines 

  • Area charts

  • Pies & Donuts

  • Scatter plots & Bubble charts

  • Box & Whisker charts (Office 365, Excel 2016 or Excel 2019)

  • Tree Maps & Sunbursts (Office 365, Excel 2016 or Excel 2019)

  • Waterfall & Funnel charts (Office 365, Excel 2016 or Excel 2019)

  • Radar & Stock charts

  • Heat maps, 3-D Surface & contour charts

  • Chloropleths & Geospatial maps

  • Custom combo charts & graphs

  • Sparklines

  • And more…

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From there we’ll dive into a series of 12+ advanced Excel demos guaranteed to turn you into an absolute data viz rockstar. These aren’t “textbook” demos that you can find on Excel YouTube channels; these are projects adapted from actual, award-winning work featured by Microsoft, MIT, and the New York Times. I’ve built my analytics career around data visualization, and I can help you do the same.

We’ll cover advanced Excel data viz topics that you won’t find anywhere else, including:

  • Custom image overlay charts

  • Automation with named ranges and OFFSET/COUNTA functions

  • Scroll & Zoom functionality with Excel form controls

  • Animated charts to visualize changes over time

  • Dynamic, custom Excel dashboards

  • Value-based chart formatting

  • Custom gauge charts & pacing charts

  • Grid visuals using Excel array formulas

Whether you’re looking for a quick primer, trying to diversify your Excel skill set, or hoping to step up your Excel data visualization game in a major way, this course is for you.

See you there!

-Chris (Founder, Maven Analytics)

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Most students in this course enroll in our full EXCEL LEARNING PATH, designed to help you build a deep, expert-level Excel skill set:

  1. Advanced Excel Formulas & Functions

  2. Data Visualization with Excel Charts & Graphs (you are here)

  3. Data Analysis with Excel PivotTables

  4. Excel Power Query, Power Pivot & DAX

  5. Excel Pro Tips for Power Users

Looking for the full business intelligence stack? Search for Maven Analytics to browse our full course library, including Excel, Power BI, MySQL, and Tableau courses!

*NOTE: Full course includes downloadable resources and Excel project files, homework and course quizzes, lifetime access and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Most lectures compatible with Excel 2016, Excel 2019 or Office 365.

Getting Started

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Course Structure & Outline
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READ ME: Important Notes for New Students
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DOWNLOAD: Course Resources
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Setting Expectations

Data Visualization Best Practices

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Key Visualization Principles & The 10-Second Rule

Data visualization is about creating clear, powerful narratives and striking a balance between design and function. This lecture reviews several key data visualization principles and demonstrates the "10-Second Rule" to test the effectiveness of a given chart or graph.

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Good, Bad & Ugly Data Viz

This lecture covers several examples of strong, weak, and just plain ugly data visualizations. Learn about the importance of using chart elements effectively, minimizing noise, and choosing the correct chart types. 

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3 Key Questions for Effective Visualization

This lecture reviews the three key questions that you should ask yourself when designing data visualizations, including what type of data are you working with, what you're trying to communicate, and who will be the end user consuming the information.

Excel Chart Formatting & Customization

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Customizing Chart Elements, Layouts & Styles

This lecture serves as a quick review of chart customization in Excel 2016, including chart elements, layout options, colors and styles. 

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Configuring Chart Formats

This lecture reviews basic chart formatting options, including applying options in both the format ribbon and formatting pane as well as customizing individual chart elements. 

3
Changing Chart Types & Adding a Secondary Axis

This lecture reviews when and how to change chart types in Excel, and demonstrates several methods of adding a secondary chart axis to visualize multiple data series.

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Creating & Applying Custom Chart Templates

This lecture demonstrates how to create and save new chart templates in Excel 2016.

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Excel Chart Customization

Mastering Basic Excel Charts & Graphs

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DEMO: Excel Bar & Columns Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use bar and column charts in Excel (basic, stacked, and clustered), including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Bar & Column Charts
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DEMO: Excel Histograms & Pareto Charts (Office 365/Excel 2016+)

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use histograms and pareto charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Histograms & Pareto Charts
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DEMO: Excel Line Charts & Trendlines

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use line charts and trendlines (linear, logarithmic, polynomial, etc) in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Line Charts & Trendlines
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DEMO: Excel Area Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use area charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Area Charts
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DEMO: Excel Pie Charts, Donuts & Race Tracks

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use pie, donut, and custom race track charts and visualizations in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Pies, Donuts & Race Tracks
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DEMO: Excel Scatter Plots

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use scatter plots in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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DEMO: Excel Bubble Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use bubble charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Scatter Plots & Bubble Charts
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DEMO: Excel Box & Whisker Charts (Office 365/Excel 2016+)

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use box & whisker charts and graphs in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Box & Whisker Charts
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DEMO: Excel Tree Maps & Sunburst Charts (Office 365/Excel 2016+)

Excel's Tree Map and Sunburst charts are ideal for visualizing hierarchical data that falls into natural groups and subgroups. In this demo, we'll explore movie titles and employee records to practice building and customizing our own tree maps and sunbursts.

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HOMEWORK: Tree Maps & Sunburst Charts
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DEMO: Excel Waterfall Charts (Office 365/Excel 2016+)

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use waterfall charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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DEMO: Excel Funnel Charts (Office 365/Excel 2016+)

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use funnel charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Waterfall & Funnel Charts
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DEMO: Excel Radar Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use radar charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016. This lecture also covers the importance of normalizing data sets to create consistent scales and more effective visualizations.

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HOMEWORK: Radar Charts
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DEMO: Excel Stock Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use stock charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Stock Charts
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DEMO: Excel Heat Maps with Conditional Formatting

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use cell-formatted heat maps in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Heat Maps
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DEMO: Excel Surface & 3D Contour Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use surface and contour charts in Excel, including pro tips, sample data sets, and hands-on exercises in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Surface & Contour Charts
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DEMO: Geo-Spatial Mapping with Excel Power Map

This lecture serves as a brief introduction to Excel's Power Map tool, and reviews a sample exercise showcasing state-level geo-spatial mapping in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Power Map
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DEMO: Common Excel Combo Charts

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use combo charts in Excel, and reviews sample exercises showcasing combinations of line, column, and stacked area charts in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Combo Charts
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DEMO: Excel Sparklines

This lecture reviews when, why, and how to use cell sparklines in Excel, including a hands-on demo in Excel 2016.

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HOMEWORK: Sparklines
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Basic Excel Chart Types

Next-Level Demos

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Setting Expectations
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DEMO: Creating Custom Image Overlay Charts

This Excel demo showcases how you can combine basic stacked column charts with custom graphics to create image overlay charts.

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DEMO: Using Binary Values to Highlight Time Periods

This Excel demo showcases how to use binary values and stacked column charts to highlight specific dates or date ranges within a chart.

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DEMO: Automating Charts with Named Ranges (OFFSET & COUNTA)

This Excel demo showcases how to use OFFSET and COUNTA functions within named ranges to dynamically update charts as new data points are added.

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DEMO: Adding Scroll & Zoom Functionality Using Form Controls

This Excel demo showcases how to use scrollbar form controls, OFFSET functions, and named arrays to create charts that users can dynamically scroll and zoom.

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DEMO: Creating Interactive Area Charts to Show Changes Over Time

This Excel demo shows you how to create a dynamic source array using basic SUMIFS functions, and combine form controls with data validation lists to create charts that show animation over time. 

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DEMO: Building a Dynamic Excel Dashboard (Part 1)

In this Excel demo, users will populate a sample dashboard using SUMIFS functions, data validation lists, custom conditional formatting rules, and combo charts.

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DEMO: Building a Dynamic Excel Dashboard (Part 2)

This Excel demo builds on the previous dashboard example, and showcases how to create dynamic charts and graphs that can display different metrics based on user-selected values.

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DEMO: Dynamic Chart Formatting Based on Values

This Excel demo showcases how to create formula-based chart formatting rules to highlight data points based on underlying values.

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DEMO: Dynamically Highlighting Segments of Data

In this Excel demo, users will learn how to create charts and graphs that dynamically highlight specific data series based on user-selected values.

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DEMO: Building a Custom Excel Pacing Chart

This Excel demo is all about using combo charts and creative formatting to design a custom pacing chart.  

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DEMO: Designing a Custom Excel Gauge Chart

In this Excel demo, we'll combine a donut chart with a scatter plot and incorporate some trigonometry functions to build a custom gauge & needle effect.

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DEMO: Visualizing Percentages Using Array Functions

This Excel demo showcases how array functions and scatter plots can be used to build a custom percentage visualization built from 100 individual data markers.

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Advanced Excel Data Visualization Techniques

Wrapping Up

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