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Dotted Lines are for Projections (& How-To Instructions for Excel)

Updated on: Jun 11th, 2024
Data Visualization, Data Visualization in Excel
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Dotted lines have a specific purpose in dataviz: for projections or estimations. Not just because.

Stick around for the how-to lesson in Microsoft Excel.

You’ll learn how to select a single dot (or “marker”) along the line, which controls the preceding line segment.

Then, you can turn just one section of the graph into a dotted line.


What’s Inside

0:00 Don’t Use Dotted Lines “Just Because”

0:20 Dotted Lines are for Projections or Estimations

1:24 How to Make Dotted Lines on Excel Graphs

3:44 Questions??

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Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 100 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people around the globe. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

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