Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 10: Creating and formatting graphics
CHAPTER 10
Creating and formatting graphics
Using the Shapes tools ...........................372
Creating WordArt................................386
Creating SmartArt ...............................388
Inserting other graphics ..........................393
Formatting graphics..............................399
Working with graphic objects .....................420
More tricks with graphic objects ...................429
MICROSOFT E XCEL 2013 gives you the tools to create a variety of graphic objects—
boxes, lines, circles, ovals, arcs, freeform polygons, text boxes, buttons, and a
wide assortment of complex predeined shapes, clip art, and SmartArt graphics.
If you already have graphics created in other programs, Excel imports those graphics as
well. Throughout this chapter, you’ll learn how to add graphics to worksheets, but you can
use many of the same kinds of effects also when you’re creating charts. First we discuss
creating and inserting various kinds of graphic objects, and then we cover formatting and
working with them.
Most of your adventures with graphics begin by using the buttons and menus found on the
Insert tab on the ribbon, shown in Figure 10-1.
For more information about charts, see Part 6, “Creating charts.”
Figure 10-1 The Insert tab contains most of the drawing tools.
Users of Excel 2010 will notice a few new tools on the Insert tab in Excel 2013—namely,
Recommended PivotTables in the Tables group, Online Pictures in the Illustrations group,
Apps For Office in the Apps group, Recommended Charts and PivotChart in the Charts
group, PowerView in the new Reports group, and Timeline in the Filters group.
For more about the Recommended Charts feature, see Chapter 19, “Designing charts.”
Timelines are discussed in Chapter 22, “Managing information in tables.” Recommended
PivotTables and PivotCharts are discussed in Chapter 23, “Analyzing data with PivotTable
reports.” You’ll find more about Power View in Chapter 24, “Using PowerPivot.”
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