Excel Services: Charting and Visual Analysis

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Excel Services Charting vs Excel Charting: What's the Diff?

Excel Services Charting work very differently from Excel Charts. Excel Services Charts:

  • Load as PNGs (Pictures) rather than objects
  • Cannot be selected, moved, or created
  • Do not support pictures, or Objects on top of them
  • Do not support gradients
  • Most importantly, all 3D charts are down-converted to 2D charts

However, they do update based on the cell reference that was updated (via Parameters)

Example of a 3D to 2D chart conversion


What type of charts are Unsupported?

Surface Charts and Grouped Charts