Carnegie Mellon University


Create professional looking presentations for your classes fast using think-cell

Do you use PowerPoint to present in your classes? If so, think-cell – used by most consulting firms - might save you a significant amount of working time and enable you to create professional looking presentations for your coursework. Knowing think-cell could be a valuable skill as you enter the workplace since many employers, including top consulting firms and investment banks, use the software.

think-cell is free to Carnegie Mellon University students, faculty, and staff. It takes just minutes to learn watching the short video tutorials available for each chart type. See below for helpful training resources and instructions on how to download think-cell.

Why should you consider using think-cell?

  • Creating your charts takes 70% less time
    Create 40+ chart types, including waterfall, Gantt, and Mekko charts in just 2-3 minutes
  • 90% less time when making alterations
    Automate changes to your charts with think-cell
  • Gain professional skills
    Become proficient with the charting software used by top consulting and investment firms
  • Better results
    Improve your class presentations and impress your audience

Eligibility & Cost

think-cell is available at no cost to current Carnegie Mellon students, but is restricted to academic, non-commercial purposes only. Students who are no longer enrolled at the university or intend to use the software for non-educational or commercial purposes will need to obtain a separate license agreement.

System Requirements

think-cell is available for both PC and Mac. Visit think-cell support for up-to-date requirements.  

Install think-cell

  1. Download license file (thinkcell_license.pdf).
  2. Download the software from think-cell.  
  3. When prompted for License Information, enter the License Key from the license file.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. 

For tailored think-cell support and self-service resources such as tutorial videos and a searchable user manual, visit

  • Watch this think-cell overview video.
  • Build your first chart or layout with the help of this short video.
  • Explore think-cell’s 40+ chart types and features here.
  • Learn how to link an Excel file to your think-cell Power Point chart and automate data updates here.