Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a new chart
In many cases, you will find it simpler to skip this gallery and click Recommended Charts
instead. Microsoft made that item the largest button in the Charts group; you can’t miss
it. The Insert Chart dialog box that appears when you click Recommended Charts presents
a gallery of potentially suitable chart types and provides a preview of what your data will
look like in each of these offerings:
Scroll through the options on the left side of this dialog box until you find one that’s right
for your data. Of course, Excel won’t always understand your data well enough to provide
suitable options in the Recommended Charts gallery; if you don’t find what you need there,
click on the All Charts tab in the Insert Chart dialog box to see the full range of chart type
options.
When you click OK, Excel plants a chart object on your worksheet, as shown in Figure 19-1.
A chart object is a graphic element that lies atop your worksheet in its own window. You
can drag any part of the object’s perimeter to move it or drag one of the handles in the
corners or midpoints of the sides to change the object’s size. As you’ll see, you also have
the option of turning the chart object into a separate chart sheet.
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