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Worst
Excel
Dashboard
Mistakes
and how to avoid them
Mistake #

1

No clear focus
Fix #

1

Know what the dashboard is
designed to show

• What key information should be
highlighted?
• Which numbers are m...
Fix #

1

Highlight key data at top
Mistake #

2

Rainbow Colors
Fix #

2

Rainbow colors distract
from the key information
• Select a muted color scheme

• Use stronger, brighter colors
...
Fix #

2

Muted colors with a few accents
Mistake #

3

Too crowded
Fix #

3

Don’t include everything
• Too much data hides the key
information
• Limit the items and have links
to supplemen...
Fix #

3

Clean & simple layout
Mistake #

4

Chart Clutter
Fix #

4

Keep charts clean and simple
• Remove background colors,
gridlines and pictures
• No pie charts, or 3-D chart ef...
Fix #

4

Clear charts, no
backgrounds or 3-D
Mistake #

5

No Interactivity
Fix #

5

Give Control to Users
• Option buttons, check boxes
• Scroll bars, spin buttons
• Drop down lists, slicers
Fix #

5

Add controls for Interactivity
5

Excel Dashboard Tips

1. Highlight key data at top
2. Muted colors with a few accents
3. Clean & simple layout
4. Clear...
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5 Worst Excel Dashboard Mistakes

See how to avoid these mistakes when building your Excel dashboards:
--No clear focus
--Rainbow colors
--Too crowded
--Chart clutter
--No interactivity

5 Worst Excel Dashboard Mistakes

  1. 1. Worst Excel Dashboard Mistakes and how to avoid them
  2. 2. Mistake # 1 No clear focus
  3. 3. Fix # 1 Know what the dashboard is designed to show • What key information should be highlighted? • Which numbers are most important?
  4. 4. Fix # 1 Highlight key data at top
  5. 5. Mistake # 2 Rainbow Colors
  6. 6. Fix # 2 Rainbow colors distract from the key information • Select a muted color scheme • Use stronger, brighter colors sparingly, to draw attention to key items
  7. 7. Fix # 2 Muted colors with a few accents
  8. 8. Mistake # 3 Too crowded
  9. 9. Fix # 3 Don’t include everything • Too much data hides the key information • Limit the items and have links to supplementary sheets
  10. 10. Fix # 3 Clean & simple layout
  11. 11. Mistake # 4 Chart Clutter
  12. 12. Fix # 4 Keep charts clean and simple • Remove background colors, gridlines and pictures • No pie charts, or 3-D chart effects to distort the data • Simple color schemes in charts
  13. 13. Fix # 4 Clear charts, no backgrounds or 3-D
  14. 14. Mistake # 5 No Interactivity
  15. 15. Fix # 5 Give Control to Users • Option buttons, check boxes • Scroll bars, spin buttons • Drop down lists, slicers
  16. 16. Fix # 5 Add controls for Interactivity
  17. 17. 5 Excel Dashboard Tips 1. Highlight key data at top 2. Muted colors with a few accents 3. Clean & simple layout 4. Clear charts 5. Interactive controls
  18. 18. Want more Excel tips and tutorials, to dazzle your boss, clients and co-workers? Visit Contextures.com http://www.contextures.com/exceldashboardtips.html

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