Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 12: Working with Charts
Working with Charts
Understanding the parts of a chart
Starting a new chart
Working with chart data
Chart types and chart layout presets
Working with labels
Controlling the axes
Formatting a chart
Rotating a 3-D chart
Working with chart templates
Many times when you include a chart in PowerPoint, it already exists in some other applica-
tion. For example, you might have an Excel workbook that contains some charts that you
want to use in PowerPoint. If this is the case, you can simply copy and paste them into
PowerPoint or link or embed them, as you will learn in Chapter 13, “Incorporating Content from
Other Programs.”
However, when you need to create a quick chart that has no external source, PowerPoint’s charting
tool is perfect for this purpose. The PowerPoint charting interface is based upon the one in Excel, and
so you don’t have to leave PowerPoint to create, modify, and format professional-looking charts.
What’s the difference between a chart and a graph? Some purists will tell you that a chart is either a table or a pie
chart, whereas a graph is a chart that plots data points on two axes, such as a bar chart. However, Microsoft does
not make this distinction, and neither do I in this topic. I use the term chart in this topic for either kind.
Understanding the Parts of a Chart
PowerPoint’s charting feature is based upon the same Escher 2.0 graphics engine that is used for
drawn objects. Consequently, most of what you have learned about formatting objects in earlier
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