Thursday, February 11, 2016

Add Some Pizazz!

Let’s face it, Excel workbooks and charts can be a bit dull.  That does not have to be the case, however!   Here are 4 Super-Easy Ways to bring some Pizazz (Everybody can use a bit of pizazz now and then…) to your masterworks, and help assure that you get the recognition you deserve. 

 1. Change the Color of Your Sheet Tabs

Right click on your worksheet and select “Tab color” option to change the worksheet tab color.  If your workbook has quite a few pages, you may even want to devise a color scheme that aids navigation.
2.  Insert a Quick Organization Chart

Not just for corporate settings, these quick-and-easy charts have several uses. Click on the Insert tab on the toolbar and go to SmartArt and choose the “Hierarchy”group.  Pick the Org Chart that best fits your needs.

 3.  Hide the Grid Lines on Your Worksheets

One of my favorites.  Do away with clutter by going to the View tab on the toolbar and Deselecting the box next to Gridlines.  Make your worksheets look clean, professional, and easy to read with this simple step.

 4.  Add a Rounded Border to Your Charts

This is so simple, you’ll laugh.  Just right-click on your chart, select Format Chart option, and choose “Rounded Borders”.  Purely aesthetics, of course, but a quick way to present your work in a way that is more pleasing to the eye.

The important thing to remember is that any of these techniques can be done in the blink of an eye, so why not take advantage of these simple tools and Add a Little Pizazz!