Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Embellishing Your Chart
For most slide types, data labels add unnecessary clutter without adding
much useful information. Use labels only if you think that you must back
up your chart with exact numbers.
✓ Data Table: The data table is a table that shows the data used to create
a chart. Most charts do not include a data table, but you can add one if
you think your audience will benefit from seeing the raw numbers. For
example, Figure 13-13 shows a chart with a data table.
Figure 13-13: A chart with a data table.
✓ Error Bars: Adds a graphical element that indicates a range of values for
each point rather than a single point. The size of the range can be
calculated as a fixed value, a percentage of the point value, or a standard
✓ Gridlines: Gridlines are light lines drawn behind a chart to make it easier
to judge the position of each dot, bar, or line plotted by the chart. You
can turn gridlines on or off via the Gridlines button.
✓ Legends: A legend identifies the data series that appear in the chart.
When you click the Legend button, a menu with several choices for the
placement of the legend appears. You can also choose More Legend
Options to display the Format Legend task pane, shown in Figure 13-14.
From this dialog box, you can set the position of the legend as well as
control various formatting options for the legend, such as the fill and
border style. (Note that you can also drag the legend to move it to
another location in the chart.)