Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting a Chart
colors and shading of bars, lines, or pie slices; use different background colors; change the
3-D angle; and much more.
To clear the formatting that is applied to a chart element, select it and then click Chart Tools Format
Reset to Match Style. This strips off the manually applied formatting from that element, returning it to
whatever appearance is specii ed by the chart style that you have applied. (See “Applying Chart Styles” later in this
chapter for details about styles.)
There are several ways of formatting a chart’s elements. For text elements, you can use the
Font group’s tools on the Home tab. The text elements on a chart use the exact same text
formatting controls as any other text on a slide. You can change the font, the size, the
text attributes (like bold and italic), and so on. PowerPoint treats the individual text boxes
within the chart as it would treat any other text boxes.
For simple formatting of a graphical element, like changing its outline or ﬁ ll color, your
best bet is the Chart Tools Format tab’s controls. You can select any chart element and then
choose its border and ﬁ ll color from here. For example, in Figure 12.32, Vertical (Value) Axis
Major Gridlines is selected, which you can see in the selection box at the far left end of the
Ribbon. You could use the Shape Outline drop-down list at this point to choose a different
color or thickness for the gridlines.
Format a chart element’s outline and i ll quickly and easily from the Chart Tools Format tab.