Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating and formatting business graphics
Images can be especially valuable in business communications, when you need to clearly
explain facts or concepts, particularly to a global audience. In Outlook 2013 (and other
Office 2013 programs), you can depict processes, cycles, hierarchies, and other relationships
by using SmartArt graphics, and you can depict graphical representations of numeric data
by using charts.
TIP SmartArt graphic and charting functionality is provided by Word 2013 and is available
only when you have that program installed.
SmartArt graphics are graphical representations of lists of information. You can create a
SmartArt graphic directly in an email message by selecting the type of graphic you want
to create and then entering the information to populate it. You can modify the SmartArt
graphic to it the information you want to present, change the graphic type if your original
selection doesn’t best represent the final information, and format the graphic with
professional themed color combinations and effects. When you send the message, Outlook
converts the SmartArt graphic to a static graphic.
Charts are graphical representations of tables of data. Tables and charts are frequently
created by using Excel. You can also create a chart directly in an Outlook email message.
Charts you create in an email message look exactly like those you would create in an Excel
workbook—because they are based on an Excel data source that is created from within
To create a chart in a message or other Outlook item, follow these steps:
Position the cursor in the content pane or notes pane where you want the chart to
On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Chart button to open the Insert
Chart dialog box.