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Examine Chart Elements
Examine Chart
One of the best ways to analyze your worksheet
data — or get your point across to other people —
is to display your data visually in a chart , which is a
graphic representation of spreadsheet data. As the
data in the spreadsheet changes, the chart also
changes to reflect the new numbers.
You have dozens of different chart formats to choose
from, and if none of the built-in Excel formats is just
right, you can further customize these charts to suit
your needs. To get the most out of charts, you need
to familiarize yourself with the basic chart elements.
A Category Axis
The axis (usually the X axis) that
contains the category groupings.
C Data Marker
A symbol that represents a
specific data value. The symbol
used depends on the chart type.
D Data Series
A collection of related data
values. Normally, the marker for
each value in a series has the
same pattern.
B Chart Title
The title of the chart.
E Data Value
A single piece of data, also
called a data point.
F Gridlines
Optional horizontal and vertical
extensions of the axis tick
marks. These lines make data
values easier to read.
G Legend
A guide that shows the colors,
patterns, and symbols used by the
markers for each data series.
H Plot Area
The area bounded by the
category and value axes. It
contains the data points and
I Value Axis
The axis (usually the Y axis) that
contains the data values.
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