Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 1: Creating a Chart
Chapter 1: Creating a Chart
In This Chapter
Creating a chart
Examining the different types of charts
Entering chart data in an Excel worksheet
Positioning a chart in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Changing the appearance of a chart
Saving a customized chart as a template so that you can use it again
Exploring some fancy-schmancy chart tricks
Fixing common problems with charts
Nothing is more persuasive than a chart. The bars, pie slices, lines, or
columns show immediately whether production is up or down, cats
are better than dogs or dogs better than cats, or catsup tastes better than
ketchup. Fans of charts and graphs will be glad to know that putting a chart
in a Word document, Excel worksheet, or PowerPoint slide is fairly easy.
This chapter explains how to create a chart. It looks at which charts are
best for presenting different kinds of data, how to change a chart’s
appearance, and how to save charts in a template that you can use again. You
discover some nice chart tricks, including how to make a picture the
backdrop for a chart and how to annotate a chart. This chapter also addresses
common chart problems.
The Basics: Creating a Chart
Throughout this chapter, I explain the whys, wherefores, and whatnots
of creating a chart. Before going into details, here are the basic steps that
everyone needs to know to create a chart in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint:
1. Go to the Insert tab.
2. If you’re working in Excel, select the data you’ll use to generate the
chart (in Word and PowerPoint, skip to Step 3).
In Excel, you select the data on a worksheet before creating the chart,
but in Word and PowerPoint, you enter the data for the chart after you
create the chart.
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