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Chapter 13: Charting for Fun and Profit
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Charting for Fun and Profit
In This Chapter
Adding a chart to your presentation
Getting data from other programs
Editing the data in your chart
Embellishing your chart with titles, legends, and other stuff
One of the best ways to prove a point is with numbers, and one of the
best ways to present numbers is in a chart. With PowerPoint, adding a
chart to your presentation is easy. And getting the chart to look the way you
want is usually easy, too. It takes a little bit of pointing and clicking, but it
works. This chapter shows you how.
Understanding Charts
If you’ve never attempted to add a chart to a slide, the
process can be a little confusing. A chart is simply
a series of numbers rendered as a graph. You can
supply the numbers yourself, or you can copy them
from a separate file, such as an Excel spreadsheet.
You can create all kinds of different charts,
ranging from simple bar charts and pie charts to exotic
doughnut charts and radar charts. Very cool, but a
little confusing to the uninitiated.
The following list details some of the jargon that you
have to contend with when you’re working with charts:
Graph or chart: Same thing. These terms are used
interchangeably. A graph or chart is nothing more than a bunch of
numbers turned into a picture. After all, a picture is worth a thousand
numbers.
Chart type: PowerPoint supports several chart types: bar charts,
column charts, pie charts, line charts, scatter charts, area charts, radar
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