Amazing Think-cell for PowerPoint | 4 easy steps to create Think-cell Chart

Think-cell is one of the popular tools for presenter. In other words, Think-cell helps presenter to make an insightful and attractive presentation. When we think about presentation, Microsoft PowerPoint is the preferred option. In this article, we’ll discuss the use of Think-cell, Think-cell for PowerPoint and how to create your favorite charts in Think-cell.

Think-cell helps for effective data visualization which is another way for descriptive analytics to uncover insights.

What is Think-cell?

Think-cell is an add-in tool which is being used to create beautiful chart quickly as per the user requirement. Think-cell is a Germany based computer software company. It was founded by in the year 2002.

Think-cell is not a free software, but it is available for free trial for one month.

Advantages of Think-cell:

There are mainly 5 advantages of think-cell over MS Excel.

  1. Quickly create chart in PowerPoint
  2. Save time to create a chart
  3. Update or alter chart data quickly
  4. Clean chart as compared to excel
  5. Instant insight in terms of CAGR, Growth

How to add Think-cell for Power Point or Excel?

To add think-cell in excel or PowerPoint, only you need to install think-cell. Let’s say, you have purchased think-cell or installed with free trial license. Think-cell will be added in MS excel and MS PowerPoint by default. In other words, after installing think-cell, you can able to see think-cell option in ‘Insert’ tab for both excel and PowerPoint.

Think-cell for Excel:
Think-cell for Excel

Think-cell for PowerPoint:

Think-cell for PowerPoint

What are the alternatives of Think-cell?

Think-cell is the market leader and mostly used tool to create quick chart in PowerPoint. There are many alternatives which are available as alternative of think-cell.

Vizzlo, Any Chart, Mekko Graphics, Aploris, Zebra BI, Empower, QuickSlide.


Create Think-cell chart

Think-cell offers many types of chart options which is shown below. Among all the chart options, we’ll only discuss about bubble chart, bar chart, line chart and gantt chart/ timeline chart. If you learn to add and edit one or two chart in think-cell, you can apply it for other charts also. For each of the chart type, you will be having option to insert chart with required rotation or alignment. To create think-cell chart in PowerPoint, follow the below steps.

Think-cell Chart
Think-cell chart options
4 Easy Steps:

1st Step: Go to insert tab and click on the “Element” icon available in think-cell portion.

2nd Step: Select the required chart. As an example, bar chart. Four types of rotation or alignment of bar chart is available which can be selected by placing the cursor on the arrow.

3rd Step: After inserting the chart, dummy data can be visible as default. To edit the data, click on the spreadsheet icon visible in the bottom right corner.

4th Step: Edit the data in the popup spreadsheet and close it when done. Your chart is ready now.

For each of the chart, other things can be added which are available with right click on the chart. Other options are like “Add Compound Growth Arrow”, “Add Connector”, “Add Total Difference Arrow”, “Add Level Difference Arrow” and many more in case of Bar Chart as an example.

To change the font, colour, chart type, segment order, you need to left click on the chart.

Think-cell Bubble Chart:

Bubble chart is one of the insightful charts where four dimensions can be plotted, X axis, Y axis, size of bubble and colour of bubble. To add bubble chart, go to insert tab and click on element icon to choose bubble chart as shown below.

To add your data into the chart, click on the spreadsheet icon at right bottom corner. To edit it, use right click to see all the edit options.

Think-cell Bar chart:

Bar chart is one of the simplest and frequently user chart to do the comparison of variables. Mostly three dimensions are plotted into a bar chart, X axis, Y axis, secondary Y axis. To insert bar chart in PowerPoint, go to insert tab, click on the element icon to add bar chart as shown below. Be careful when add bar chart because multiple rotation is available in terms of stacked column, stacked bar (right arrow), stacked column flipped (down arrow) and stacked bar flipped (right arrow).


To see all the edit options, use right click and edit the chart as per your requirements.

How to Create Bar Chart in Think-Cell
Think-cell line chart:

Line chart is mainly used to show the trend or trend comparison. Let’s say, you want to show last five years sales of two or more products, in that case line chart is being used. To add line chart, go to insert tab and click on element icon to ass line chart as shown below. There are two types of line chart available in think-cell, normal one and flipped one. To insert line chart, click on the line chart option but keep in mind the two options which are there as up arrow and down arrow.

To add, difference arrow, compound growth, use right click and chose the required option.

Think-cell Gantt chart:

Gantt chart is frequently used in project planning or to present the project status. Gantt chart is also called timeline chart as it is to show status based on timeline. Think-cell Gantt chart is more dynamic, and you can show multiple things with it. In excel, Gantt chart option is not available and to create Grantt chart in excel, you need to create it manually and it is taking lots of time.

There are few features in think-cell Gantt chart which are mentioned below.

  1. Split the month into weeks or days.
  2. Show todays date to present work done as on date and future work to be completed with timeline.
  3. Also you can add scale label, new bar, new milestone of project, add pentagon, new bracket by using right click on the Gantt chart.

Other options in Think-cell:

Apart from various chart options, think-cell empowers you with additional options to make your PowerPoint presentation more attractive and insightful. In a good Presentation, we are not only adding charts but also table, text box, check box and may more. So, we have discussed the other options below which are available think-cell.


To add text in ppt, you can use the text box option where multiple options like rotate text, change the font size and colour are available.

Pentagon & Rounded Rectangle:

Many times, we are using pentagon or rounded rectangle to add headings in a presentation. So, those options are also available in think-cell.

Harvey Ball:

Harvey ball is an indicator to communicate quantitative data. In presentation, Harvey ball is being used to show the comparison or degree of completion. In think-cell, you can add and edit the Harvey Ball to show quantitative data in a small and simple form of representation.


Checkbox is commonly used to show the points done and not done. Also it is useful to beautify the presentation.

Chapter, Table of Content & Split Agenda:

It is a good practice to start your presentation with agenda. So, think-cell empowers you to add chapter name or table of content. Also, split agenda option is also available.


Always we are not using chart to show a data but many times we are using simple tabular data in the presentation. To add a table in your presentation, use the table option from think-cell.

Stock Image:

Stock image is a good option provided by think-cell by which you can add image in your presentation to communicate effectively with the stakeholders. To use stock images, you need to login to think-cell platform.

Named Text Field & Text Field Link to Excel:

Text fields are required to the many places in your presentation. So, think-cell empowers you with the options like text field linked to excel and named text field.

All the best.

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