Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Choosing a Chart Type
Chart Element
What It Does
Legend
Lists the chart data series in color-coded form.
Chart area
Provides the background of the chart.
Data point
An individual value in the data series. For example, Walt’s
philosophy score is a data point in the Phil. data series.
Plot area
The area in which the data is actually charted.
Vertical (value) axis major
gridlines
The lines that intersect the values on the vertical axis and run
across the plot area.
TIP: The data series are always identified in the chart legend. But as you’ll see, the same data
can be reorganized into different data series.
Note that when you rest your mouse over any chart element, Excel supplies an
identifying caption, as in Figure 6–3.
Figure 6–3. Identifying the chart legend
Choosing a Chart Type
Perhaps the first thing you need to do once you start chart-making is identify exactly
what type of chart you want to use. Click the Insert ribbon tab and you’ll be brought to
the Charts button group (see Figure 6–4).
Figure 6–4. The Charts button group
 
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