Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Making areas transparent
oak, marble, and cloth. For example, Figure 20-5 shows a fish-fossil texture applied to a
chart’s plot area, with a clip art image applied to the column markers.
Figure 20-5 A fish-fossil texture is applied to the plot area of this chart, and a clip art image is
applied to the column markers.
To apply a texture or picture, choose Picture Or Texture Fill in the task pane for the chart
element you have selected. Open the Texture drop-down list to choose from the texture
gallery, or click the File, Clipboard, or Online button to apply a picture. Excel stretches
pictures to it unless you also select one of the Stack options. If you’re using a bitmapped
image, the stretching is likely to produce distortion unless the size of the picture is exactly
that of the area you’re formatting. To avoid distortion, you can shrink the image by moving
it away from the left, right, top, and bottom borders of the area—in other words, by setting
margins. To do that, set nonzero values in the various Offset text boxes.
Making areas transparent
A default chart displayed on a white worksheet has a solid white background. Note that
this is not the same as having no ill; a chart area with no ill is transparent, which allows the
underlying worksheet gridlines to shine through.
Making the chart area transparent can be useful at times. If you want to create a worksheet
display that minimizes the chart apparatus and simply shows a small graphic to support a
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