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Choosing a chart layout
Choosing a chart layout
What Excel calls a chart layout is a combination of choices affecting such elements as the
chart’s title, legend, axes, axis titles, and gridlines. Each of the program’s chart types comes
with an assortment of packaged layout options. With the chart selected, you can see the
available layouts by clicking the Quick Layout button in the Chart Layouts group of the
ribbon. Here, for example, are the layouts provided for a line chart:
Don’t be dismayed by the tiny boxes; hover the mouse, and Excel will preview your
selection on the worksheet. And don’t worry if none of the built-in layouts gives you the
combination and positioning of chart elements that you’re looking for. You can always tailor those
elements with individual formatting commands.
Choosing a chart style
A chart style is a combination of foreground and background colors designed to coordinate
with cell styles, shape styles, and table styles to give your workbook a consistent,
professional, and high-impact appearance. To apply a chart style, select the chart and then click
Design under Chart Tools on the ribbon. The Chart Styles group shows you a half-dozen
or more choices, depending on your screen resolution. To see more, click the arrow at the
lower right corner of the group.
Chart styles let you do such things as apply attractive gradient ills to your chart
backgrounds, add photorealistic highlighting to bar and column markers, switch line-chart
markers from fat to svelte, and so on. The best way to see the wealth of possibilities is to
select a chart, open the gallery, and experiment.
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