Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting with the Mini-Toolbar
Formatting with the Mini-Toolbar
I introduced the mini-toolbar in Chapter 5. Note that the same-right-click that brings the
context menu onto the screen takes the mini-toolbar along for the ride in chart
formatting. The mini-toolbar provides a selection of popular formatting options. In fact,
the options shown on the mini-toolbar are always the same, no matter which object you
click (see Figure 6–21):
The Font and font size buttons
The increase- and decrease-font-size buttons
A chart element button (which reads Chart Area in Figure 6–24), whose
drop-down arrow allows to you select any other chart object
The bold and italic font options
The three basic cell alignment options: left, right, and center
The font color button
The shape fill button, which lets you color the object you’ve selected.
The shape outline button, which lets you select a color for the border of the
The format painter button
Figure 6–21. Mini-toolbar options
Which of the toolbar’s options will be active on the toolbar, however, depends
on the object you click. Thus, if you click column bars, for example, you won’t
be able to change any fonts with the mini-toolbar, because there’s no text on
the bars to change.
NOTE: When you want to select a particular data
series, just click one of the series’ bars. All the
other bars will be selected as well. And keep in
mind exactly what gets selected. If you select the
Phil. data series, you’ll see something like Figure
Figure 6–22. Select group: Note the selection handles
at the corners of each Phil. bar.
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