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Create Charts
Excel gives you tools for quickly generating a
chart, or visual representation, of the numbers
in your worksheet. Charts clarify patterns that
can get lost in columns of numbers and
formulas, and they make your data more
accessible to people who are not familiar with
or do not want to delve into the details.
with the Excel charting tools, so you can
communicate your content as effectively as
In this chapter, you learn how to generate a
chart quickly. You then learn to add chart
details, change the chart type, and remove
data series. One task shows you how to create
a trendline. A trendline visually summarizes the
direction and magnitude of change over time.
Charts can make a greater impression than
rows and columns of numbers because the
mind perceives, processes, and recalls visual
information more quickly than textual or
numerical information. In addition, shapes and
colors have real impact. This effectiveness,
however, can be a liability when charts
emphasize unimportant or misleading patterns.
This chapter helps you become comfortable
Anyone who uses Excel to manage and analyze
experimental data can benefit from the section
in this chapter on error bars. Several tasks
provide insight into specific types of charts. For
example, you can use histograms to show
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