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Power Point Woes

Has anyone else ever noticed that Powerpoint gets flaky when you try to tweak pie graphs in it?

I mean *SRSLY*, it crashed on me 13 times this morning, about 18 times yesterday, and I am not exaggerating. It got to the point where I was literally saving my work after every 3rd adjustment.

Is it just me and my computer, or is power point known for this kind of flakiness?

I was importing charts from excel - it seemed to work better if I saved the chart as a screen shot and inserted the image, but then the print was pixelated and the image was just not crisp. Plus, if I changed my mind about a heading, I had to make a new screen shot. Rawr.

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wolfshark
Jul. 22nd, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
PPT is evil. Thankfully I don't have to work in it often!
shaddyr
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
It really is! I mean, what the ever-loving FUCK PPT, MUST you crash every damn time I re-size the chart? Seriously?
bogwitch
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
How are you importing them? I find using Paste Special to try different image formats usually finds one that works.
shaddyr
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I was just dragging and dropping so if I changed the data segment labels or numbers, I could update the data in PPT as well. Have the linked data seemed to be part of the problem.
bogwitch
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
While I've always got on very well with Powerpoint myself, it is crap at charts and tables.
yasminke
Jul. 23rd, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
It's Microsnot, therefore problems ensue.
shaddyr
Jul. 23rd, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Yis. *nods sagely* It was just that I haven't had this many problems with a program since - I dunno, the early 90's. I felt like I was going in back in time and not in a good way.
yasminke
Jul. 23rd, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
Repeat after me: Microsnot...microshit.
redaxe
Jul. 23rd, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
I haven't had that problem so much with Excel and Powerpoint, and this is what I do for a living (DTP for investment banks, currently for the one whose logo was a bull. but is now part of the big bank with a flag logo).

What I usually do is create my charts in cell A1, which I can then tweak to the size I want my chart to be. Turn off gridlines in the sheet, and place the cursor in cell A1 (NOT in the chart). Copy, then Paste Special as Excel. If you still have trouble, do the same thing, except paste as either Windows Metafile or Enhanced Metafile. Almost always, one of those will look sharp.

One issue I have had with embedding Excel in Powerpoint is that the chart won't be the correct size at first. If you Right-click and Open the chart (as opposed to Editing it -- ALWAYS Open rather than Edit in place!), then slightly change and correct something (like the chart area size), it should correct itself in Powerpoint.

Good luck!

Edited at 2011-07-23 07:16 am (UTC)
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