Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Displaying Data Graphically with Charts
Displaying Data Graphically with Charts
Data charts have been a key feature of Excel since its earliest appearance back in 1985.
The chart capabilities and features increased dramatically over the years, of course, but
full-featured charting remained primarily an Excel feature, with lesser charting capabilities
available in other Office programs. With Office 2010, however, the full range of charting
features is available in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as Excel.
To insert a chart in a document, click the Insert tab and then click Chart. The Insert Chart
dialog box appears, in which you can select from an astonishing gallery of chart types.
(Because charting remains a central part of Excel, there isn’t a single Chart tool on the
Insert tab. Instead, each chart type appears in its own gallery. You can, however, open Insert
Chart by clicking the dialog box launcher in the Charts group on the Insert tab.)
Select a chart type (you can change it later) and click OK. A worksheet then opens in a
new window in Excel; this is where you enter the data for your chart. You can then switch
back and forth between entering data in the Excel window and viewing and formatting the
resulting chart in your document window. (If you’re inserting a chart in Excel, the data and
the chart appear in different parts of the same window.)
To change the appearance of your chart, select the chart and click the tabs under Chart
Use the Design tab to change overall settings, such as chart type, data orientation,
and styles.
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