Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Basic Chart
Figure 11-5
Study and survey data
can be plotted to show
frequency in a Scatter chart.
Bar: Bar charts are the same as Column
charts, except that the bars run
horizontally, rather than vertically. Your choices
here are the same as in the Column
button menu, in terms of dimensions
and shapes.
Area: An Area chart combines the trend
and comparison features of Column, Bar,
and Line charts with the simple
comparison features of a pie. As shown in Figure
11-4, your choices are between 2D and 3D
Area charts that stack or appear in rows.
Other Charts Too
Figure 11-4
Area charts can be
a useful variation on
Column and Pie charts.
What about the Other Charts button? It
offers five additional chart types for you to
choose from—Stock, Surface, Doughnut,
Bubble, and Radar. These are less commonly
used chart types, but some of them, such as
Doughnut and Surface charts, can be used
in the same way as Pie, Line, and Area charts,
respectively. Figure 11-6 shows the Other
Charts menu, and the variations on each of
the five chart types.
Scatter: Scatter charts are used to show
frequency—the number of people who
gave a particular response to a survey
question, medical test results, anything
that shows how often something happens
over time or under specific circumstances.
They’re a little more difficult for the
viewer to interpret, so you’ll want to use
them only when the viewers are familiar
with the data and the information that
the chart is meant to impart. Figure 11-5
shows your Scatter chart options,
including lines connecting the scattered dots.
Figure 11-6
Specialized needs
find a home in the
Other Charts category.
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