Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Chart in 2 Seconds
chart will only select the element on which you clicked, and you won’t be able to drag
the chart. You’ll know that you’ve selected the entire chart when the chart acquires that
thick border, as shown in the right of Figure 6–8.
Figure 6–8. The chart on the right displays the selection border.
You can also move the chart to a more distant location, such as a different worksheet or
even a different workbook, by clicking the chart area so that it’s selected in its entirety,
and then clicking the standard Cut command, clicking in the destination worksheet or
workbook, and clicking Paste (or pressing Ctrl+V).
You can resize the chart by
selecting it and releasing the
mouse, and then clicking back a
second time in one of the chart
borders’ dotted areas (in the center
and at the corners of
the borders, which are
characterized by a set of dots),
and dragging in the desired
direction, as you would with any
graphic object in the Microsoft
Office suite. You should see a
double-sided arrow atop the
border when you’re about to click
to start dragging (see Figure 6–9).
Figure 6–9. Where to click in order to begin to resize the chart
If you select the chart and then click one of its corners and drag, you’ll maintain the
current proportion of chart height to chart width. Resizing a chart can distort the
appearance of the data, thus skewing the impression you want the chart to make.
Resizing your chart by narrowing it can engineer the kind of look shown in Figure 6–10.