Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Clicking the graphics
The Draw menu offers ways to keep your graphics organized. The selections are
n Order. This has four options that allows you to move graphics spatially forward
or backward in relationship to each other. This feature can be very helpful if
you're trying to construct a more complex graphic, such as a dialog box, which
we will cover later in the advanced Excel section.
n Snap. Allows you to align a graphic to the grid or shape by using snap.
n Align or Distribute. Provides several choices for positioning multiple graphics.
Rotate or Flip. Allows you to alter the orientation of a graphic.
Excel also includes handy tools in the Formatting toolbar that allow you to
manipulate graphics (Figure A.19).
n Color. Allows you to adjust some color attributes, change your graphic to
grayscale or black and white, or wash out the colors.
n Contrast. There are two tools that allow you to change the contrast of an
image; one will increase contrast, whereas the other will lower the contrast.
n Brightness. Two tools that allow you to change the brightness of an image; one
will increase brightness, whereas the other will decrease the brightness.
n Crop. Allows you to crop the size of a graphic. The only problem with this tool
is it keeps the original graphic in memory in case you want to expand your
crop back to its original size. This can cause problems with file size if you are
cropping many large graphics to smaller sizes. After you crop a lot of large
graphics, your template could become too large. Albeit, there is a solution. In
the Compress Pictures features in the same toolbar (see below), you can select
a graphic and delete the cropped areas. This adds an extra step to the process
but makes it easier if you don't have access to a graphics application to do your