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Creating a word cloud in Prezi Design

Word clouds help identify trends and patterns that might be difficult to see otherwise. Use them to display text in varying font sizes, weight, or colors to show frequencies or categories.

To create a word cloud, click Add chart in the toolbar on the left, find the Word Cloud chart, then click on it or drag-and-drop it onto the canvas.

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To access the datasheet, double-click the word cloud or expand the Edit data tab in the right-side settings panel.

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Use the first column for the names you want to display and enter the figures attached to them in the second column. If you'd like to add an additional tab to the chart, type its name in the first row and create a new column (like in the example). Read more on populating your charts with indicators in the article about adding data to a chart in Prezi Design.

You can customize the chart to your liking in the settings panel on the right of the editor. Change text direction, customize colors and fonts, and do much more.

Best practices for creating word clouds:
  • Provide context. Word clouds are visually eye-catching and provide information about frequency, but they often don't give the viewer any context.
  • Use word clouds to show frequency. Avoid using them to display complex topics like the budget or healthcare crisis.
  • Watch your word length. Longer words take up more space and can be misleading.
  • Avoid making your words too similar in size or color.
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