CleanCharts is a free add-on for Excel that comes from JuiceAnalysis. It's not new; I just learned about this tool recently from Business Hacks reader Justin W, but it has apparently been around since the second term of the Bush Administration. Regardless of age, it does a bang-up job.
After you install Clean Charts, you can run the add-in at any time to overhaul your charts with a a sngle click. Here's the sort of stuff that CleanCharts can do:
- Removes the light grey background (referred to CleanCharts as "chart junk."
- Reformats the chart's axes for improved readability.
- Optimizes colors for better contrast and readability.
- Removes 3D effects, since JuiceAnalysis claims that 3D "introduce distortions that make it hard for people to understand your numbers."
- Fixes scaling problems.
- Fixes the size of elements in the chart to make them readable if you resize it.