Push to the Max

Whether it be a measurement, statistic, percentage, or anything else quantifiable, gauge templates are excellent for displaying data. In the modern world, we interface with gauges on a daily basis. Our homes have thermostats, thermometers, and bathroom scales. Our cars are full of gauges, measuring fuel levels, engine temperature, tire pressure, battery levels, and everything in between.

Our familiarity with gauges and the wide variety of gauge types are two reasons why using gauge-style PowerPoint graphics in eLearning is so genius.

We’ll explore other gauges in the future, but today, we’re going to take a look at one of our unique soundboard-style sliders. Specifically, this handy cost-benefit analysis graphic.


Each slider can be moved to any point on the line you choose.

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Simply select the slider and use the mouse to drag it up or down. Alternately you could select and then use the up and down arrow keys to put the slider into position.

If the preset captions and icons aren’t what you’re looking for, you can easily change them to something more appropriate to your presentation.


Each icon in this specific template is made up of a white shape superimposed onto a gray circle. To change the icon, delete the shape and replace it with one of your own PowerPoint graphics. You can check our stock image library, or make one with your favorite image editing software and save it as a PNG file before inserting it into your presentation. Or, as we’ve done above, you can create simple shapes within PowerPoint using the Drawing group on the Home tab.

Changing the caption is as simple as selecting the textbox and writing in your own new caption.

This gauge graphic also comes in several other colors if gray is not your thing.

different colors

If your favorite color isn’t in the mix, you can easily customize one of these templates by selecting the element you want to change and choosing a color under Shape Fill from the Drawing group.

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Do you use gauge graphics in your courses? What do you use them for? Let us know in the comments below.

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