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Charting Your Data
Charting Your Data
People like to see information presented visually. Looking at data in graphical form lets
readers—and spreadsheet viewers—quickly and vividly understand what’s going on, in a
way that hundreds or thousands of rows worth of data can’t. Compare the two
portrayals of test scores shown in Figure 6–1.
Figure 6–1. Two points of view
Same data, two different looks. The column chart (that’s what shown in Figure 6–1, and
once you learn a bit about how charts are constructed, you’ll be able to fashion one in
about 10 seconds) conveys a sense of proportion among the scores that the cells to its
left can’t.
Excel makes it easy to conjure charts that can embellish your worksheets in productive
and appealing ways. Needless to say, the more you know about its wide inventory of
charting options the better, but Excel’s charting basics are simple and will enable you to
make crisp, lucid presentations of your data—even if you don’t get to the all the bells
and whistles.
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