Streching the limits of graphs?

Hello EE!

I've got a small dashboard with 4 graphs showing the development of my bank accounts in various cuts. One showing development over time, one showing what I use money on, one showing who where I use my money and one showing which account I used it from.

These 4 graphs are then controlled by pivot slicers

Out of interest, my question is, how crazy can I go? What are the opportunities with graphs? Can you add some sort of "mouse over" to graphs, can you add graphs that move graphically pleasing once new settings are selected, what kind of graphic tricks/additions exist out there?

Thank you all in advance, I'm really looking forward to playing around with this :)
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
A bit too vague, IMO. There are all sorts of things you can do with charts, most of which you shouldn't, especially in a dashboard.
You can respond to chart events, such as double-clicking different parts of a chart, or you can use mouseover cells to alter what is displayed in the chart.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
I have seen an application whereby there was a sheet with numerous small graphs.

By clicking on the small graphs it opened up the graph on a larger sheet, likewise clicking on the large graph took you back to the smaller graphs.

I think this particular routine cheated slightly by having a separate large graph and clicking on the small graph determined the data source for the larger graph and displayed it rather than making the samll grpah larger.

So yes it is possible to do things with grpahs but would need more info for wat you wanted.

Rob H
Richard DanekeTrainerCommented:
What you are asking is, IMO, like asking what limits do programmers have?
Some of the tricks are chart limited in Excel, but the rest can be initiated with events and is limited by what you want to write in VBA.
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ThomasFoegeAuthor Commented:
So are there any ready made graphical VBA scripts out there? That make the bars change slowly when pivots slicers are changed?

Are there a link to the sheet wherein you could click on graphs and they would explain those graphs in detail?
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
The purpose of a dashboard is to convey a lot of information clearly in a small space. It's not a fireworks display. ;)
For good charting, I recommend Jon Peltier's site, Andy Pope's and John Walkenbach's. If you have J-Walk's chart books, they often have lots of examples, including some eye candy.
I'd also recommend PerceptualEdge for suggestions on clarity even though that goes against your intent here. :)

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ThomasFoegeAuthor Commented:
Oh but this is just a dashboard for me, it's just an experiment in seeing how fancy it can become graphically more than estetics :)
Richard DanekeTrainerCommented:
There are no limits and there are only some roads.  Have fun exlporing and when you do invent something new, offer it up as an article.
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
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