MacPPTX: Excel Chart Is Displayed as a Red X in a PowerPoint Presentation

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When you use a Windows-based computer to open a PowerPoint presentation that was created by using PowerPoint X for Mac, the pictures or charts may not appear in the presentation. Instead, a red X may appear instead of each picture or chart.


This behavior may occur if the following scenario is true:
  1. You create an XY (scatter) chart in Excel X for Mac by using the Scatter with data points connected by smoothed Lines pattern.
  2. You type values in the Value (X) axis and the Value (Y) axis boxes for the X and Y axis titles.
  3. You copy the chart and then paste it into a PowerPoint X for Mac presentation.
  4. You open the PowerPoint X for Mac presentation by using Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 or Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 on a Windows-based computer.


To work around this issue, do not type values in the Value (X) axis and the Value (Y) axis boxes for the X and Y axis titles in Excel. Instead, paste the chart into your PowerPoint presentation, and then add titles to the chart by using text boxes in PowerPoint.


Article ID: 325191 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft PowerPoint X for Mac
  • Microsoft Excel X for Mac
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